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Jun 6, 2011

Honduras readmitted into OAS


A top agenda item at the general assembly is the re-admission of Honduras, which lost its membership after a military coup in June 2009, interrupted the democratic process ousting former president Manuel Zelaya. After a deal was worked out, Zelaya has now returned to Honduras from where he was exiled. Today, Honduran Minister of Public Security, Oscar Alvarez, said they are happy to return to the table to collaborate with other member states, especially in the face of pressing security issues.

Oscar Alvarez, Minister of Public Security, Honduras

“It has a great impact because now we can work together on a system to go into different problems in the region. One of the problems is in security and narco-trafficking and we want to thank the Government of Belize for supporting us to go back into the OAS.”

Marleni Cuellar

Looking at some of the major security issues that Honduras faces, what do you think are the forefront issues?

Oscar Alvarez

“Well, the issues are narco-trafficking, violence, the smuggling of people and those are the major ones. And we know that they are affecting Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. We are called the north triangle’ the three countries but in this approach to security we will include Belize, which is suffering from trafficking and transit of drugs in these countries.”

Marleni Cuellar

“How do you classify the relationship between Honduras and Belize, especially when it comes to security?”

Oscar Alvarez

“Excellent. Also we have the good news that your Minister of Defence is coming to Honduras in June. We are going to set the date, but have been advised that he is coming and we are going to greet him with open arms. And also in SICA, System for Central American Integration, we have made progress. My president and your prime minister have talked about the issue and we want to help Belize and I know Belize is going to help us to make a united front to fight against narco-trafficking and organized crime.”

We’ll have more coverage of the OAS General Assembly on Open Your Eyes Tuesday morning so stay tuned.

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2 Responses for “Honduras readmitted into OAS”

  1. Islander says:

    It is amazing how Channel five will talk about the ousting of Manuel Zelaya… Manuel Zelaya wanted to be a dictator and the military did what it had to do to protect its citizens from threats weather they be domestic or foreighn. Manuel Zelaya was a domestic threat, now the question is DOES THE B.D.F. HAVE THE COURAGE TO DEFEND THE BELIZEAN PEOPLE AGAINST A TYRANT WEATHER IT BE PUP OR UDP?

  2. Earl Grey says:

    Islander……….I FEAR THAT THE B.D.F. would be the…………………….. TOOLS OF THE TYRANT!!!!!!!

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