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Issue of readmitting Honduras to OAS continues to split Latin America and U.S.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

LATIN AMERICA

U.S., OAS divided over Honduras

Last year's coup in Honduras, which took place shortly after the Organization of American States held a general assembly meeting there, continues to divide Latin America and the United States.

At an OAS meeting Monday in Lima, Peru, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged allowing Honduras to rejoin, saying the new president, Porfirio Lobo, has shown "strong and consistent commitment to democratic governance and constitutional order."

But a majority of ministers opposed even adding the question of Honduras to the agenda.

The Obama administration had joined with the OAS last year in ousting Honduras after then-President Manuel Zelaya was forced out of the country, but it shifted course after new elections were held, arguing that it was time to move on.

Washington's stance has split it from big players in the region, such as Mexico and Brazil, indicating how difficult it is to bridge regional divisions, even after Clinton talked with officials from Mexico and Brazil in Lima about Honduras.

Clinton has invested heavily in building ties with Latin America, making her second trip to the region this year. But the spat over Honduras -- as well as anger over Arizona's new immigration law and U.S. policy toward Cuba -- has made progress difficult.

Clinton will travel later this week to Ecuador, Colombia and Barbados.

-- Glenn Kessler

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