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Honduras: Politics and Government

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what observations were made by UK representatives of the presidential election in Honduras on 29 November 2009; and what recognition the UK will afford to the Government formed by any of the candidates who participated. (304553)

[holding answer 10 December 2009]: No UK representatives travelled to Honduras to observe the presidential elections in Honduras on 29 November 2009, and no official EU election observation mission was deployed. We understand that approximately 300 international observers attended polling stations on election day and two election experts from the European Commission were in-country at the time of the elections.

Prior to the elections we made clear our belief that the democratically elected President, Manuel Zelaya, had to be returned to office. We note that the elections, although carried out under abnormal circumstances, were held in a largely peaceful manner. The UK, and our EU partners, will continue to encourage all parties to work towards full implementation of the San José/Tegucigalpa Accord and restoration of constitutional democratic order in the country.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department provided assistance to international missions to monitor the conduct of the recent presidential election in Honduras. (306685)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office did not send any observers to the presidential elections in Honduras on 29 November 2009, nor did we provide any assistance to other international observation missions deployed there. Two experts from the European Commission were present during the elections, but this did not constitute a formal EU election observation mission. Following the elections, the EU issued a statement on 1 December 2009 which expressed regret that the Tegucigalpa/San José Accord was not fully implemented ahead of the elections, therefore “leading to an electoral process under abnormal circumstances”. The UK notes that the elections were held in a largely peaceful manner, but continues to call for the full implementation of the negotiated agreement and the restoration of constitutional, democratic order in the country.