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Venezuela Supports Return of Honduras to OAS with Reservations

Calls for End to Impunity  

On Wednesday Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro emphasized that Venezuela supports the reinstatement of Honduras to the Organization of American States (OAS), but did so with reservations because no mention of the fight against impunity and respect for human rights was included in the resolution bringing the Central American nation back to the multilateral organization.

"It was not possible to introduce this language, but we place it on the table and call upon member-states to act to ensure that justice is done in Honduras ," said Maduro, who sided with Ecuador in a request to establish accountability for the perpetrators of the 2009 coup against Honduran President Manuel Zelaya.

"We want justice in Honduras ," said Maduro.
 
After the coup, numerous human rights violations were reported in Honduras , including the killing of some 14 journalists critical of the regime and more than 40 leaders of the Frente Nacional de Resistencia Popular (FNRP).

At the meeting, Maduro also gave an overview of the four points set out in the Cartagena Agreement, which allowed the return of Zelaya in Honduras last Saturday. He said that the factor that ensured the success of the negotiation was "the best of intentions of the acting president of Honduras , Porfirio Lobo, and former President Zelaya."
 
The presidents of Venezuela and Colombia , Hugo Chavez and Juan Manuel Santos, respectively, agreed on April 9 to lead a process of mediation between Zelaya and Lobo in order to facilitate Zelaya’s return to Honduras .

AVN / Press- Venezuelan Embassy to the United States / June 1, 2011 

 
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