United Nations hails Colombia-Venezuela efforts to achieve return of Honduras into OAS

Caracas, 02 Jun. AVN .- The Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon welcomed this Thursday the efforts done by Venezuela and Colombia to achieve the reconciliation and consolidation of the democratic system in Honduras.

Through a statement, the UN Secretary General highlights that the Cartagena Agreement, reached with the mediation of presidents Hugo Chavez and Juan Manuel Santos, was essential to achieve the return of Honduras into the Organization of American States (OAS).

Said agreement was endorsed by the current president of Honduras and the ex president Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted through a coup in June 2009 and for such reason the country was suspended from the regional bloc.

The Cartagena Agreement establishes the return of all the exiled Hondurans to their country, respect to Human Rights, political recognition to the National Popular Resistance Front (FNRP) and summoning a Constituent Assembly.

“The latest development at the OAS and the upcoming report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission “will contribute to healing the wounds of the recent past and to bringing the people of Honduras together once again,” the statement reads.

The OAS approved on Wednesday the return of Honduras to the organ with 32 votes in favor and Ecuador against.

As explained the Ecuadorian representative, Honduras should not be allowed returning into the OAS until the people responsible of the coup are judged.

The European Union also expressed its support for the return of Honduras to the OAS through Margaret Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

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