Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
May 23, 2011


The United States welcomes the agreement reached yesterday in Colombia by Honduran President Porfirio Lobo and former Honduran President Jose Manuel Zelaya. Thanks to the help of the Colombian and Venezuelan governments, this agreement paves the way for the reintegration of Honduras to the Organization of American States (OAS) and gives Honduras the opportunity to pursue national reconciliation and end its isolation from the international community.

The United States commends the Governments of Colombia and Venezuela for the initiatives and efforts they undertook that led to this agreement. The tireless commitment by other Central American countries and the Dominican Republic helped this initiative reach a successful end that will now give Honduras the opportunity to return to the OAS. We now look forward to prompt action by member countries of the OAS to allow Honduras to resume its participation.

Today is a great day for the people of Honduras and for all Hondurans around the world.



PRN: 2011/815