United States Sees No Coup d'Etat in Honduras

By refusing to consider what happened as a coup d'état, the U.S. avoids imposing economic sanctions on Honduras.

Thursday, August 6, 2009


Even though Obama's administration maintains its position in favor of Zelaya's re installment as president, it has avoided declaring the Honduras situation as a coup d'état. This is a decision in itself, as it permits the maintenance of economic assistance programs for the impoverished country.

To this implicit affirmation regarding the situation, the State Department recently added a explicit condemnation of former President Zelaya, for his acts before being deposed.

A letter from the Department of State to senator Richard Lugar, Republican member of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Senate, expresses strong condemnation of Mr. Zelaya's expulsion on June 28th. However, the letter also expresses the hardest criticism of Zelaya's actions before his deposal, where he attempted to change Honduras Constitution to extend his term as President.

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Double Standards With Regards To Honduras

November 2009

"Not recognizing the elections nor the future president would be hurting the Honduran people, who have already suffered enough, and don't deserve it", Oscar Arias, President of Costa Rica.

At a press conference during the XIX Iberoamerican Summit of Heads of State, the president of Costa Rica remarked the "double standards" of the international community with regards to the Honduran political crisis.

Remittances to Honduras Increase 18%

September 2009

The Institute for Migratory Policies reported an increase in remittances from the U.S., starting July.

According to analysts, such increase would be directly related to the political crisis experienced in the country after the coup d'état.

Americaeconomica.com reports: "Carlos Pereira, executive director of the Center for Immigrant Orientation (CODI), explained that his organization has launched a campaign exhorting Hondurans living in the U.S. to increase remittances to their country".

U.S. Ends Economic Aid to Honduras

September 2009

Restoration of the terminated assistance will be predicated upon a return to democratic, constitutional governance in Honduras.

The Department of State announces the termination of a broad range of assistance to the government of Honduras as a result of the coup d’etat that took place on June 28. The Secretary already had suspended assistance shortly after the coup.

The U.S. Finally Intervened and Landed an Agreement

November 2009

In Honduras, a inflexible Latin American diplomacy failed, forcing the intervention of the only country capable of forcing an agreement.

The agreement negotiated by Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Shannon is a testimony of the considerable influence that Washington still has over Latin America, despite verbal attempts by Chávez and other leaders of the region to undermine it.

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