The U.S. Finally Intervened and Landed an Agreement

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

Monday, November 2, 2009

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.

The United States is the largest source of foreign direct investment in Honduras, and provides 45% of its external aid. Honduras' economy is heavily dependent on remittances sent by Honduran expatriates residing in the U.S.

This agreement evidences the poor job done by Latin American diplomacy in the crisis, specially the Organization of American States (OAS), whose Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza, took a hard line approach from the onset of the crisis, trying to quickly reinstate Zelaya in the Presidency without hearing the reasons of those who had deposed him.

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The signed agreement establishes that the National Congress must decide, after consulting with the Supreme Court of Justice, on "bringing back the Executive Power as it was before June 28, 2009".

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Elections Should be the Solution

August 2009

Honduras's crisis worsens because both parts present irreducible positions. A political vision of the matter could help solving it.

After two months of crisis, there isn't a solution on the horizon. And the consequences of the removal from power of Manuel Zelaya worsen. This is specially visible in the economy, as the withdrawal of international aid, restrictions to trade, suspension of visa services by the U.S.

The Two Faces of the Coup

July 2009

Mario Vargas Llosa writes on the serious political situation in Honduras, with his renowned objectivity and analytic capacity.

The Peruvian writer brings us a critical vision of the positions of the two battling sides, drafting a solution similar to the one proposed by Costa Rican president Oscar Arias.

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