The United States welcomes today’s decision by members of the Organization of American States (OAS) to lift the suspension of Honduras’ participation in the organization. This moment has been a long time coming. It is an important milestone for Honduras, for the OAS, and for the Americas.
The crisis and coup in Honduras was a test for the OAS and its ability to act swiftly and decisively to safeguard our shared democratic values. The Inter-American Democratic Charter was invoked. Honduras was suspended. Thanks to the steadfast efforts of President Lobo and his commitment to national reconciliation, and the tireless efforts of several OAS member states, democracy was restored. This accomplishment has strengthened the OAS’ ability to deal with future challenges to democracy and the threat they pose to peace and prosperity. But there is more work to be done.
A return to the OAS allows Honduras to resume its rightful place in the Inter-American system to help other countries in the hemisphere address common challenges and seize new opportunities. Honduras’ government and people have the tools to improve governance, strengthen democratic institutions and safeguard human rights so that all Hondurans have the chance for a brighter future.