Honduras' return to OAS important: Brazil

13:53, February 20, 2010      

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Brazil on Friday stressed the importance of Honduras's return to the Organization of American States (OAS) and said the government of Porfirio Lobo should adopt measures to ensure national reconciliation.

The Brazilian government wants to resume dialogue with Tegucigalpa, presidential spokesman Marcelo Baumbach told a press conference ahead of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's upcoming trip to Mexico, Cuba, Haiti and El Salvador next week.

Honduras was suspended from the OAS after the coup d'etat that ousted President Manuel Zelaya on June 28.

Porfirio Lobo, who was elected in regularly scheduled presidential elections in November, took office last month, but his government has not been recognized by many countries in the region.

Support for Honduras' return to the OAS will be the main point of Brazil's position at the second Summit of Latin America and the Caribbean and an annual Rio Group Summit to be held in Cancun, Mexico on Feb. 22 and 23.

Baumbach said the Brazilian government wants to discuss the situation in Honduras with countries that maintained a common stance during the Honduran crisis last year.

Brazil hopes that Honduras would take actions, such as the establishment of a truth commission to investigate what happened during the political crisis last year, and the possible return of former President Zelaya to the country, in which way a national reconciliation may be initiated, Baumbach said.

President Lula hopes that any solution to the current crisis "will not set a precedent of support for coup plotters in Latin America," Baumbach said, "It is very important that this does not happen."

Zelaya, who flew to the Dominican Republic in January after four months holed up inside the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, told reporters in Santo Domingo: "We recognize that president Lobo won the elections, but we condemn the origin of those elections."

Source: Xinhua
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