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Honduras: Politics and Government

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the authorities in Honduras on the principle of democracy and the restoration of the government and President Zelaya. (286830)

[holding answer 14 July 2009]: As Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister responsible for our relations with central America, I issued an immediate public statement on 28 June 2009 following President Zelaya's forcible removal from Honduras. In this statement the UK condemned the expulsion and called for the restoration of democratic, constitutional government in Honduras. The UK supported the UN General Assembly Resolution, adopted unanimously on 30 June 2009, which called for the restoration of the government in Honduras. We have also supported a series of EU declarations, issued on 29 June 2009, 2 July 2009 and 7 July 2009. The most recent of these declarations supported efforts to seek a peaceful negotiated solution to the crisis, and welcomed the mediation role played by President of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias.