Zelaya, Lobo sign agreement to allow Honduras' re-entry to OAS

10:45, May 23, 2011      

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Honduran President Porfirio Lobo and former President Manuel Zelaya signed an agreement here on Sunday to end the political crisis of Honduras and ease its re-entry to the Organization of American States (OAS).

The agreement for the national reconciliation and consolidation of the democratic system was signed with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos as witness.

The agreement allows the return of Zelaya to Honduras, after he was ousted in June 2009 and since been living in exile in the Dominican Republic.

As Zelaya was ousted, the OAS decided to suspend Honduras as member of this regional organization.

The agreement was boosted by Santos and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who was not able to attend the ceremony as he is recovering from a knee injury. He was represented by Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro.

After signing the agreement Lobo said that with this agreement Zelaya and those who worked during his government will be able to return to Honduras with all the guaranty and safety.

Meanwhile, Zelaya said that "with this agreement we are saying that we should not be afraid of the democracy," adding that "since the Independence, the democracy has been the biggest favor made for the Latin American countries."

Santos said that this agreement "normalized the situation of the Inter American system."

Source: Xinhua
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