Saturday, October 31, 2009

merely signing the agreement kicks in U.S. support of elections

[Micheletti negotiator] Armando Aguilar Cruz said in a press conference that "they are not connected, the issue of the return of Zelaya Rosales to the executive is not tied to the electoral process, they are two entirely different things, one does not condition the other."

This was clearly established with the international delegations of the U.S. government and the Organization of American States (OAS) which accompanied the negotiations and endorsed the agreements signed by representatives of Zelaya Rosales and interim President Roberto Micheletti.

Aguilar Cruz cited, for example, that the U.S. delegation head Thomas Shannon and his companions "were clear that merely signing the agreement produces the result that the U.S. government will support the Honduran electoral process and that support has begun from today."

The international community was informed today that Honduras has negotiated a solution to the crisis and has therefore overcome any inconveniences that existed which resulted in the suspension of international aid and all restrictions are lifted related to international lending agencies he said.

He reiterated that the decision whether or not to reinstate Zelaya Rosales to the presidency of the republic, lies with the National Congress. "The National Congress will carry out this decision in accordance with their own agenda (...) and the negotiating committee may not impose any time limit to decide," he said.

Cruz Aguilar made it clear that the agreement does not provide amnesty or moratorium on the exercise of penal action against former Zelaya Rosales administration officials.

"In other words, the courts of the republic can perfectly execute decisions regarding arrest warrants and the police may execute arrest warrants and the arrested be brought before the courts in order to begin the judicial process," he explained.

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