Central American leaders approve Honduras' return to OAS, SICA

19:29, July 21, 2010      

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Central American leaders Tuesday agreed to readmit Honduras to two major regional organizations at a summit held in El Salvador.

During the summit, the presidents of the member states of the Central American Integration System (SICA) approved Honduras' return to the Organization of American States (OAS) and SICA.

Honduras was expelled from the groups after President Manuel Zelaya was ousted in June 2009.

OAS Secretary General Miguel Insulza recognized the achievements made by the new Honduran government and urged the new leader to ensure the fundamental rights of the Honduran people.

Meanwhile, President of the World Bank Robert Zoellick approved a loan of 5 billion U.S. dollars to Honduras, which will be used to improve the country's infrastructure.

The regional leaders pledged to relaunch Central American integration, a process of political, economic, social and ecological integration.

The Cental American presidents also agreed to establish a regional fund as a way to respond to the impact of climate change.

The meeting was attended by all regional leaders, except Nicaragua's leftist President Daniel Ortega, who had openly expressed his opposition to Honduras' return on many occasions.

Source: Xinhua


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