U.S. urges Honduran sides to implement accord on ending crisis

14:12, November 28, 2009      

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The United States said Friday that it remains committed to help restore the democratic and constitutional order in Honduras, urging both sides in Honduran political crisis to begin implementing a reconciliation accord in order to end the five-month-long crisis.

"We expect the parties in Honduras to implement the measures they agreed to in the Tegucigalpa-San Jose Accord, including steps toward national reconciliation and the December 2 Congressional consideration of President Zelaya's restitution," said State Department spokesman Ian Kelly in a statement.

Under the accord reached on October 29, exiled President Manuel Zelaya and interim leader Roberto Micheletti would form a unity government by November 5 and the parliament would decide to restore Zelaya to the presidency.

Early this month, Zelaya declared the Tegucigalpa-San Jose Accord "dead" after Micheletti unilaterally announced the formation of a unity government without the participation of Zelaya and his representatives.

Honduras is expected to hold general elections on November 29. The international community calls for a first restoration of Zelaya's presidency before the elections.

"The November 29 national elections are another critical step in the restoration of the democratic and constitutional order in Honduras," Kelly said, adding that the United States calls on the Honduran people to exercise their rights peacefully to ensure a "free, fair and transparent election."

According to Kelly, the United States will continue to support "the step-by-step implementation of the Tegucigalpa-San Jose Accord as a democratic way forward for the Honduran people" in order to reestablish the democratic and constitutional order in the country.

The Honduran political crisis was ignited by a military-backed coup, in which President Zelaya was ousted to Costa Rica on June 28. Later that day, Congress Speaker Micheletti was sworn in as interim president. The coup has resulted in deep opinion divergence inside the country.

Source: Xinhua
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