Statement by Minister of State Kent on Situation in Honduras

No. 205 - July 24, 2009 (12:20 a.m. EDT) The Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas), today issued the following statement following calls to President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras, de facto head of regime Roberto Micheletti, and foreign minister Bruno Stagno of Costa Rica:

“I spoke yesterday with President Zelaya, who was in Nicaragua, and Mr. Micheletti, in Honduras. During the calls, I expressed Canada’s ongoing concern over the situation in Honduras, and urged both sides to work quickly and constructively to arrive at a solution. Both were appreciative of Canada’s engagement and constructive efforts to find a solution to this impasse.

“Canada continues to strongly support the mediation efforts led by President Óscar Arias of Costa Rica and welcomes his latest plan for a negotiated solution, tabled on July 22. I asked both sides to seize this unique opportunity to arrive at a peaceful solution that is in the best interest of all Hondurans. I also reiterated to President Zelaya that he should not return to Honduras until such a settlement has been reached.

“Canada reiterates its call for all parties to condemn any and all incitement to violence in this ongoing crisis and to respect the right of Hondurans to peace, order and good governance.

“We will continue to closely follow developments on the ground and we stand ready to play a constructive role, both bilaterally and multilaterally.”

For updated background information, please visit Situation in Honduras.

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