of American States
HONDURAS AND NICARAGUA SIGN ACCORDS
The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Honduras, Roberto Flores Bermúdez,
and Nicaragua, Francisco Aguirre Sacasa, today established the framework
for a Binational Border Development Plan, in recognition of the "new
phase in the relationship between the two countries."
The Binational Plan will encourage education, social and productive
development, environmental conservation, and the economic integration of
the border area. The agreement was signed at a ceremony at the
headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS). Also presented
at the ceremony was the final report of the OAS International Verification
Mission to Honduras and Nicaragua.
civilian mission has fostered a greater level of confidence and
understanding between these two neighboring countries, which decided to
settle their differences by peaceful means and which now seek to
strengthen their relationship as neighbors," said the Secretary
General of the OAS, César Gaviria.
addition to the Binational Plan, the foreign ministers signed an agreement
to strengthen cooperation among their countries’ police forces in the
border area and to promote notification of any military maneuver,
deployment, or movement in the vicinity.
the OAS framework, Honduras and Nicaragua have negotiated
confidence-building measures such as these in the past two years to keep
the peace while their territorial dispute is being settled.
Their case is being heard by the International Court of Justice in
International Verification Mission made three visits to borders areas in
the past six months, by both land and sea. This effort, directed by the
OAS Assistant Secretary General, Luigi Einaudi, was funded by the OAS Fund
Contributions of financial, material, and human resources were
given by Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Honduras,
Italy, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain, and the United States.
in Spanish version only:
Técnico de la Misión de Verificación Internacional de la OEA para Honduras
sobre cooperación y desarrollo fronterizo entre Honduras y Nicaragua
sobre cooperación policial y sobre notificaciones de movimientos
militares en la frontera entre Honduras y Nicaragua
del Secretario General de la Organización de los Estados Americanos
durante la presentación del informe final de la OEA en la controversia
fronteriza entre Honduras y Nicaragua