Commerce Blocked in Honduran Borders

The escalation of the Honduran crisis because of Zelaya's return is causing severe losses, as borders are closed.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

One of the gravest problems is that Salvadoran and Nicaraguan exports cannot access embarking ports, as they usually use Honduran port 'Cortés'. Goods trucks are piling up at border crossings.

The most affected countries are the members of the so called CA-4: Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras.

Not only land borders are affected, as international airports remain closed.

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Fecaxca warned that exports from all the countries of the region are being affected by measures blocking free flow of goods. "Exporters of the region, represented in the Federation of Export Chambers of Central America (Fecaexca), agreed on Saturday, in Managua, to await a prompt resolution of the Honduran crisis, in order to resume transit of goods in the region, which is paralyzed since September 22."

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Trade and Business Overcome Politics

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The political crisis in Honduras didn't damage business as much as it was expected, evidencing that Central America is more integrated economically than politically.

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Removal of Manuel Zelaya was legal

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A report written by the Library of Congress concludes that the removal of former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was legal and Constitutional.

Report Executive Summary:

The Supreme Court of Honduras has constitutional and statutory authority to hear cases against the President of the Republic and many other high officers of the State, to adjudicate and enforce judgments, and to request the assistance of the public forces to enforce its rulings. The Constitution no longer authorizes impeachment, but gives Congress the power to disapprove of the conduct of the President, to conduct special investigations on issues of national interest, and to interpret the Constitution. In the case against President Zelaya, the National Congress interpreted the power to disapprove of the conduct of the President to encompass the power to remove him from office, based on the results of a special, extensive investigation. The Constitution prohibits the expatriation of Honduran citizens.

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