Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Statement from the Governments of ALBA Nations

The governments of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA)* express their support for the return of President Manuel Zelaya to his homeland and call upon the international community to support the legitimate and constitutional president of the Republic of Honduras in his decision to resume his position.

The return of President Manuel Zelaya to Honduras is in accordance with decisions adopted by the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America,  the United Nations General Assembly, the Organization of American States and the Rio Group, among others, to facilitate the restoration of Honduran democracy, which has been seriously affected by the June 28, 2009 coup d’├ętat.

Likewise, the governments of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, conscious of the incessant violations of human rights and fundamental liberties perpetrated by the current dictatorship, urge the governments of Latin America, the Caribbean and the world; regional and international bodies, as well as social movements and organizations, to take coordinated action to allow the legitimate government of Manuel Zelaya to resume its duties.

Finally, the governments of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America affirm that the return of President Zelaya must be without conditions of any kind and in accordance with the democratic will expressed by the sovereign people of Honduras, who independently elected the president of their republic.


September 21, 2009

*ALBA  includes Antigua and Barbuda; Bolivia; Commonwealth of Dominica; Republic of Cuba; Republic of Ecuador; Republic of Honduras; Republic of Nicaragua; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela