Presidents meet to discuss Honduras' return to the OAS

16:20, April 10, 2011      

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The presidents of Colombia, Venezuela and Honduras met here Saturday to discuss the possibility for Honduras to return to the Organization of American States (OAS).

"I am very glad the meeting has initiated the incorporation of Honduras into regional bodies like the OAS," Honduran President Porfirio Lobo Sosa said after the meeting.

Honduras' membership of the OAS was suspended in 2009 shortly after the coup against then President Manuel Zelaya. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has not recognized Lobo's administration and had never met him since.

Acting as the mediator for the talk, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced at the last minute that Lobo would join the appointment he has set up with Chavez in Cartagena to review their bilateral agenda.

Santos said the OAS General Assembly would meet in June and that he hoped by then a plan would be ready for Honduras to return to the organization.

"We wanted to help fix the problem in Honduras," Santos said. "I hope this meeting will become a further step toward the final settlement of Honduras' problem with the OAS and that the OAS will accept Honduras' return as a full member of that organization."

Source: Xinhua
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