EU representative hails Honduras deal

14:56, May 25, 2011      

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EU's permanent representative in Central America, Mendel Goldstein, on Tuesday hailed the agreement to end Honduras' political crisis.

Honduran President Porfirio Lobo and exiled leader Manuel Zelaya signed an agreement over the weekend to allow Zelaya's return, ending a two-year-old political crisis.

Goldstein said the deal was important for the entire Latin American region. It not only brings the nation one step closer to return as a member of the Organization of American States (OAS), but constitutes an important step toward political reconciliation, he said.

Honduras was suspended from the OAS after Zelaya was removed from power in June 2009. With the new agreement, the Central American country is expected to be allowed back to the OAS at next general meetings scheduled for June 5-6 in El Salvador.

Former President Zelaya was ousted and deported to Costa Rica on charges of treason and violations of the constitution. Zelaya, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the Dominican Republic since January 2010, is scheduled to return to Honduras on Saturday.

Source: Xinhua
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