Honduran president-elect promises to safeguard Zelaya to leave for Dominican Republic

14:37, January 21, 2010      

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Honduran President-elect Porfirio Lobo Sosa promised on Wednesday to offer a safeguard to ousted President Manuel Zelaya to leave with his family for the Dominican Republic.

Lobo made the remarks after meeting and discussing with Dominican Republic's President Leonel Fernandez to find a way out of the political crisis in Honduras in the Dominican capital Santo Domingo.

He added that he would give Zelaya the safeguard on Jan. 27 when he takes office as President of Honduras.

Meanwhile, the ousted president told local radio station Radio Globe that the safeguard offered by Lobo was a "good gesture, I recognize it, I am a democrat, pacifist by conviction but not by nature."

Lobo made the decision after discussing with former presidential candidates.

According to a statement signed by Lobo and the former presidential candidates, Honduras also requests the international community to remove immediately the sanctions imposed on Honduras which have seriously affected the full reinsertion and participation of Honduras in the international community.

"We call on the international community to reactivate as soon as possible the valid projects of cooperation in Honduras and to resume talks on future projects," the document said.

Zelaya was ousted on June 28, 2009 and forced to leave for Costa Rica . Immediately the Honduran Congress appointed Micheletti as president. Since then Zelaya had tried to restore his charge, but failed.

The international community strongly condemned the ousting of Zelaya and has demanded his restitution in power. Also most countries around the world refused to recognize Honduras' Nov-29 general elections which selected Lobo as new president.

Source: Xinhua
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