Friday, 12 February 2010

US alone in boosting Honduran ties after Zelaya's exile

Sat, 30 Jan 2010

Source: PressTV

The United States will resume aid to Honduras after the country's overthrown President Manuel Zelaya went into exile in the wake of a military coup in June 2009.

Washington's decision comes after the ousted president was forced into exile in the Dominican Republic, as Honduras swore in Porfirio Lobo as the new leader.

"I am happy that with the visit of US ambassador to Honduras Hugo Llorens, we are practically normalizing the ties with the United States of America," Lobo said at a joint press conference with the US diplomat.
Llorens, for his part, hailed the reestablishment of ties and said, "Honduras will be able to appoint its ambassador (to the United States) without problem. That will be done with normality."

He also claimed that "more than one million Honduran people living in the United States demanded a friendly tie" between the two countries.

Meanwhile, other donor nations such as Brazil and Mexico have yet to say if they will resume their aid programs since both states have refused to recognize Lobo as the president because the November election was organized by the de facto government, forced into power by the military coup that ousted the elected President Zelaya.

Argentina and Venezuela have also rejected the legitimacy of Lobo's government.

The US, however, was among the first to recognize the latest election results, which many observers in the region have described as illegitimate for the very reason that it was an outcome of a military coup that had the undeclared blessing of the United States and the Obama Administration.

Observers also believe that Zelaya was ousted because he made efforts to reduce the dominating and historic US influence in the country, challenging its political and economic independence.

The Honduran military has been entirely trained by and in the US. Over the years, a number of American church groups and human rights organizations have staged protest rallies at US military camp sites that trained the notorious Honduran police squads cited for widespread torture and secret assassination of opposition figures.