U.S. reaffirms support for Honduran president

13:52, August 05, 2010      

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U.S. Under Secretary of State Maria Otero Wednesday reaffirmed her country's support for the work of Honduran President Porfirio Lobo on national reconciliation.

"I have made it clear to President Lobo that the United States will keep their commitment to support the work of his government," Otero told the press in Tegucigalpa.

She highlighted Lobo's efforts to promote national reconciliation after the coup on June 28, 2009, which ousted former President Manuel Zelaya.

"I had extremely productive meetings with President Lobo and his cabinet members, as well as human rights defenders, women leaders and members of the civil society," Otero said.

Otero arrived in Honduras on Tuesday together with U.S. Ambassador Hugo Llorens to meet with Lobo.

"Yet there is much to do about the human rights of the Honduran people, without regarding the race, gender, language, religion, nationality, or other kind of origin or condition," she said.

Lobo was inaugurated in January after winning an election last November. He has been recognized by the United States, the European Union and most of Central American countries, but several Latin American nations, including Venezuela and Brazil, have yet to recognize him as the legitimate president.

The presidents of Brazil and Nicaragua set conditions for Honduras' return to the OAS, saying it must first condemn last year's coup.

Source: Xinhua


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