U.S. affirms support to elections in Honduras

10:07, November 19, 2009      

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The U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, Craig Kelly, said on Wednesday that his government will support the elections of Nov. 29 in Honduras.

Kelly read reporters a statement saying that "nobody has the right to remove the right of voting to the Honduran people and their right to choose their leaders."

"It is an important part of the democracy, and I have noticed the enthusiasm in the country for the elections of Nov. 29," Kelly said when finishing his two-day visit to Honduras.

"For organizing the elections, it is very important that the authorities respect the human rights and that all the actors avoid provocations, calls to the violence, because what the country needs is calm, an environment of peace to advance to that important date for the country," Kelly said.

Kelly also said that the United States will continue working to achieve the important aims of the Tegucigalpa-San Jose Agreement.

"We are committed to continue working on the implementation of the agreement," Kelly said.

"The Agreement is a great achievement for the people; the OAS (Organization of American States) and the international community are proud of having worked to have achieved the Agreement," Kelly said.

Kelly said that for the United States it is important to restore the democratic constitutional order in Honduras so as to implement the Agreement.

"One important part of the solution to advance to the future are the elections," Kelly said.

Kelly arrived in Tegucigalpa on Tuesday and met with Honduras' de facto President Roberto Micheletti. Later he met with ousted President Manuel Zelaya.

Hondurans will vote on Nov. 29 to choose one president, three presidential appointed, 128 deputies of the Congress, 298 mayors and 20 deputies for the Central American Parliament (Parlacen).

Source: Xinhua
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