Mexico's policy to Honduras crisis meant to defend democracy

10:24, September 30, 2009      

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Mexico has defended the validity of democratic institutions rather than individuals in its policy to the Honduran political crisis, Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa said on Tuesday.

In her report to the Congress, Espinosa said that "Mexico has acted in a decided form according to its principles and diplomatic tradition defending the democratic institutions in Honduras."

The de facto Honduran government on Sunday sent an ultimatum to the governments of Mexico, Spain, Argentina and Venezuela, demanding it be recognized as the legal government and protocol procedures be fulfilled.

It warned that if they fail to comply, these countries should remove from their embassy buildings the distinctions, flags that identify their states and exclusive rights.

On Monday night, the Mexican government said that diplomatic buildings were inviolable and the diplomatic and consular staffs had privileges and immunity given by the international law.

"Even before the rupture of the Constitutional order, Mexico had started diplomatic procedures to face a process that forecasted grave regional consequences; from the beginning we promoted in Rio Group a strong condemnation against the situation in Honduras," Espinosa said.

"We have coordinated in the past week the diplomatic efforts of the group in favor of a solution to the conflict," she added.

The Rio Group is an international organization of Latin American and some Caribbean states, which was created in 1986.

Meanwhile, Rosalinda Bueso, the ambassadress to Mexico of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, said on Tuesday that the de facto government was making its last attempt by threatening to withdraw diplomatic staff if those countries do not recognize it.

The move could make the international community suspend its aid to Honduras, Bueso added.

Source: Xinhua
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