US committed to returning Honduras to OAS: Hillary

Honduras was kicked out of Organisation of American States post 2009 coup.

Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Honduran President Porfirio Lobo she was committed to his country`s readmission to the Organisation of American States, officials said.

Honduras was kicked out of the OAS following a coup that toppled leftist president Manuel Zelaya in June 2009 and placed Lobo in power.

A State Department official said Hillary discussed with Lobo the country`s political challenges and safety issues for Honduran citizens.

Lobo was elected president in November 2009, amid a political impasse between the de facto government that followed the coup and Zelaya, who took refuge in the Brazilian embassy to press for his return to office.

Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay have refused to acknowledge the legality of the Honduran vote.

Zelaya, currently residing in exile in the Dominican Republic, has said he will not return to Honduras until he is guaranteed immunity from legal action. His return is a condition for the OAS to re-admit Honduras.

Bureau Report


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