[Translation of an article from Excelsior of Mexico City for July 31, 2010.]
Tegucigalpa, July 31 – The government of Honduras today celebrated the re-establishment
of diplomatic relations with Mexico, broken as a result of the coup d’état against then-President Manuel Zelaya on June 28, 2009.
“We have to feel glad, happy, very happy,” Honduran foreign minister Mario Canahuati told reporters as he confirmed that the Mexican government had announced today the decision to normalize relations with Honduras, whose government is headed by Porfirio Lobo.
The government of Mexico stated today that it had instructed its ambassador to Honduras to return to Tegucigalpa early next week.
The government of Chile, which had also suspended relations with Honduras, announced a similar move yesterday, which Lobo described simply as “very positive” for the good relations that have existed with the people and the government of Chile.
Canahuati emphasized that with the decisions by Chile and Mexico, Honduras “is moving toward normalization with the rest of the countries” of the American continent and “a positive atmosphere is being created for President Porfirio Lobo and his government.”
“Normalization of Honduras with the world is practically a given,” declared Canahuati, who also reported that he will travel to Belize next Monday to hold discussions with authorities of that country, about which he did not give further details.
Chile and Mexico normalized dilomatic relations with Tegucigalpa after a report issued yesterday by the Organization fo American States (OAS) on the Honduran situation and the country’s eventual return to the hemispheric organization, from which it was expelled on July 4, 2009, after the coup against Zelaya.
According to the the OAS report, the governments of Chile and Mexico agree that Honduras has made some advances toward resolving the crisis resulting from the overthrow of former President Zelaya, who has resided in the Dominican Republic since last January 27, when his four-year term was to end.
Mexico makes the eleventh country in the American continent to have normalized relations with Honduras.
The others are Canada, the United States, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Peru and Chile…