Statement by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the Return of Honduras to the Organization of American States (OAS)

June 2, 2011

  1. On Wednesday, June 1, at a Special Session of the Organization of American States (OAS) held in Washington DC, the OAS General Assembly approved the return of Honduras as a member of the OAS.

  2. As a permanent observer of the OAS and also as a longstanding friend of Honduras, Japan welcomes this result and wishes to express its admiration for the efforts made by Honduras, the other countries concerned and the OAS to realize Honduras' return to the international community.

  3. Based on these circumstances, the Government of Japan will continue to maintain and develop a good bilateral relationship with Honduras and cooperate further with the entire Central American region including Honduras and with the OAS.

(1)  On June 28, 2009, the military forces of Honduras mounted a coup d'état against then President Manuel Zelaya and expelled him from the country. On July 4 of the same year, the Organization of American States (OAS) decided to suspend Honduras from its membership.

(2)  Through mediation efforts made by neighboring countries, etc., Honduras held a presidential election on November 29, 2010. As a result of this election, President Porfirio Lobo Sosa assumed office on January 27, 2011. However, many other Latin American countries did not recognize the new Honduran Government and opposed Honduras' re-admission to the OAS  because  conditions for the returning of former President Zelaya (who was staying in the Dominican Republic) to the country were not satisfied, etc.

(3)  Following the top-level meeting among the three nations: Honduras, Columbia and Venezuela, President Lobo and former President Zelaya signed the agreement in Cartagena on May 22, 2011, and former President Zelaya returned to Honduras on May 28.

(4) On June 1, the OAS held a Special Session of the General Assembly at which the re-admission of Honduras was approved by 32 votes in favor to one vote (that of Ecuador) against.

    • (*This is a provisional translation. The above date denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)

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