Press Release


OAS REQUESTS IMMEDIATE SIGNING OF THE SAN JOSÉ AGREEMENT AND SUPPORTS THE SECRETARY GENERAL’S INITIATIVES TO FACILITATE DIALOGUE IN HONDURAS

  September 21, 2009

The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) passed Monday a Declaration in which the organization “calls for the immediate signing of the San José Agreement”, demands full guarantees to ensure the life and physical integrity of President José Manuel Zelaya Rosales, and supports the initiatives undertaken by the Secretary General José Miguel Insulza to facilitate dialogue and restoration of the constitutional order in Honduras.
In a report previously presented to the Permanent Council, the head of the hemispheric organization expressed his will to travel to Honduras, highlighting that his presence in the aforementioned Central American country would have to goal of “expediting the dialogue to solve this situation” as soon as possible.
In the Declaration, the Permanent Council “reiterates its support for the Secretary General’s initiatives in the framework of the mandates of the thirty-seventh special session of the General Assembly to facilitate dialogue and restoration of the constitutional order”.
At the same time, the Declaration “demands full guarantees from the de facto authorities in order to ensure the life and physical integrity of President Zelaya and a treatment consistent with his high office, as well as his return to the Presidency of the Republic in accordance with the resolution of the General Assembly”.
Finally, the Council “calls on all sectors of Honduran society to act responsibly and prudently, avoiding any acts that could lead to violence and hinder the national reconciliation so desired by the Honduran people and the Hemisphere as a whole.”

Reference: E-302/09