Brazil/Honduras: Rousseff Will Not Recognise Government Until Zelaya Returns

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The Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, said that her government would recognise the government of Porfirio Lobo when the ousted president, Manuel Zelaya, returns to Honduras. In this way, she maintains the position held by her predecessor, Lula da Silva.

This was stated by the secretary of the Organisation of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, after a meeting which he held with Rousseff.

Insulza said that “Brazil is still waiting for the safe and peaceful return of president Zelaya before recognising the government of Honduras.”

He added that “Brazil hopes, like everyone, that Zelaya’s situation is resolved and then a government can be decided upon.”

With this approach, Rousseff follows the path taken by the former Brazilian president, Luiz Inacio Luis da Silva.

The current government of Porfirio Lobo arose after the interruption to the institutional order which culminated in the ousting of Manuel Zelaya. Lobo himself acknowledged this in an interview.

In addition to Brazil, other governments from Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela have not yet recognised the Honduran executive.

These countries mobilised themselves when a coup was staged in Honduras in June 2009.

At the same time, according to Insulza, talks are being held over the second round of elections in Haiti.

The secretary of the OAS indicated that this coincides with the Brazilian president’s hopes that the next president of the Caribbean nation will emerge from an honest electoral process.

Story courtesy of Agencia Púlsar, the news agency of AMARC-ALC.

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