Mexico, Central America welcome Honduran deal for Zelaya's return

13:58, May 24, 2011      

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by Maja Wallengren

Governments in Mexico and Central American countries on Monday welcomed the agreement signed between Honduran President Porfirio Lobo and former president Manuel Zelaya, saying it will allow the Central American country to establish political peace and reconciliation.

In the agreement signed late Sunday in the Colombian town of Cartagena,which was witnessed by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, the two Hondurans agreed to put the political crisis behind them and signed a 9-point agreement that allows Zelaya his "safe return" to Tegucigalpa and the restoration of his political and civil rights. This also facilitates the country's re-entry to the Organization of American States (OEA) as a member state.

The "Agreement on National Reconciliation and the Democratic System of Honduras" seeks to set a final mark to the political crisis that erupted after Zelaya was ousted from power and deported to Costa Rica on charges of treason and violations of the constitutions.

Mexico's Foreign Ministry said in a statement, "the agreement will permit the Latin American and Caribbean community to take the necessary steps for the full reintegration of the Republic of Honduras into all of the Central American, regional and hemispheric forums.

The Mexican Foreign Ministry also said that Mexico would help its "brother country" in order for "the people of Honduras to benefit from all the international mechanisms available for development and their wellbeing," while governments across Central America said the agreement ensured that peace would prevail.

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