Wednesday, December 16, 2009

first step taken to withdraw Honduras from ALBA

Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The government of President Roberto Micheletti denounced Tuesday night the treaty of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA), that deposed president Manuel Zelaya had lobbied to get approved on 25 August 2008.

"The decision was taken in view that some presidents that make up ALBA, not their peoples, have been disrespectful and offensive to a friendly nation like Honduras, and have not respected the right to self-determination of Hondurans," said the Minister of the Presidency, Rafael Pineda Ponce, at a press conference.

The complaint, according to Pineda, will be delivered to Congress on Wednesday "and Congress will make the final determination on this issue." Once that happens, Honduras will not remain in the mechanism.

He recalled that "although at first Zelaya denied that ALBA had political components, with time it became apparent that the Bolivarian Alternative of president (Hugo) Chavez intended to make Honduras part of his hegemony, and the 21st century socialism he has launched in the continent. "

He further stressed that "we cannot be tied to an organization that has no respect or regard for its members ... and the sovereignty of a nation can not be compromised by any treaty."

Translated from El Heraldo

Awesome news! A withdrawal from ALBA would be wonderful holiday gift for the Honduran people. I'm certain the Honduran Congress will approve this. I (and I think most Hondurans) feel that Honduras being part of this leftist, Hugo Chavez-controlled, anti-American organization is a grave insult to our historic ally, the United States. We joined it under the Zelaya administration at his insistence. Since he was thrown out for attempting to force "21st century socialism" on Honduras, ALBA should be thrown out as well.  It's simply not who we are.

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