OAS: open to dialogue with Honduran opposition leader Lobo

14:29, December 01, 2009      

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Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) Jose Miguel Insulza said Monday he would be open to dialogue with Honduran opposition leader Porfirio Lobo, who won the election on Sunday.

In an interview with Chile's Radio Cooperative, Insulza said Lobo's performance "would be crucial for the international community to validate the new government" in Honduras.

Insulza said that for now, he could neither ignore nor validate the election in the Central American country, but stressed the role the ousted President Manuel Zelaya should play in the process.

"I think the position of President Zelaya is fundamental; he isa central actor in this process, and the restoration and recognition of his legitimacy is crucial," Insulza said.

"Respecting the agreement of Tegucigalpa would be the basis for this issue," he added.

On June 28, Zelaya was seized in the presidential palace by a group of soldiers and forced onto a plane bound for Costa Rica. Former legislature leader Roberto Micheletti became acting president.

In October, officials representing Zelaya and Michelleti signed the Tegucigalpa-San Jose Agreement aimed to end the politic crisis, which included provisions for a government of national unity and Zelaya's restoration to the presidency, providing Honduras' legislature approves.

Sunday's vote has caused a schism on the American continent, since most countries do not recognize the election conducted by the de facto government.

However, the Honduran election was backed by the United States and has been recognized by Panama, Colombia, Peru and Costa Rica.

According to Insulza, on Dec. 4, the OAS Permanent Council will meet to evaluate the situation after the election and the decision the Honduran Congress will make on Dec. 2.

Source: Xinhua
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