Washington: US President Barack Obama has
called his Honduras counterpart Porfirio "Pepe" Lobo for the
first time and voiced his concern about the human rights
situation in the country particularly the recent suspicious
killings of a number of journalists and civic activists.
"President Obama expressed his concern with the human
rights situation in Honduras, particularly the recent
suspicious killings of a number of journalists and civic
activists," the White House said in a statement yesterday
after the telephone call between the two leaders.
Obama commended Lobo for his leadership in his first
months in office in promoting national reconciliation and
restoring democratic and constitutional order in Honduras.
"The President took particular note of the Truth
Commission agreed to as part of the Tegucigalpa-San Jose
Accord and championed by President Lobo that is set to begin
its work in the coming days," the White House said.
Obama welcomed Lobo`s plan to fully and transparently
investigate these cases as well as his commitment to improve
the overall human rights situation.
He also discussed the importance of Honduras` continued
reintegration into Central America and into the broader
inter-American system as President Lobo works to address the
many challenges facing the Honduran people.