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US to stop issuing most visas in Honduras

US to stop issuing most visas in Honduras

The United States will stop issuing most visas on Wednesday at the U.S. Embassy in Honduras because of the current government is standing by its refusal to sign an accord that would bring back overthrown President Manuel Zelaya.
A statement by State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said the United States considers the San Jose Accord, sponsored by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, the best solution to the impasse begun with Zelaya's overthrow and expulsion on June 28.
Eight foreign ministers from Organization of American States members are in Tegucigalpa with OAS Secretary-General Jose Miguel Insulza to press the government to accept Arias' plan.
Kelly said the United States believes the San Jose Accord "would restore the democratic and constitutional order and resolve the political crisis in Honduras."
The decision to suspend the issuance of all nonemergency and nonimmigrant visa services in the embassy, effective Wednesday, is part of a review of U.S. visa policies in Honduras, Kelly said.
He said the review was ordered in support of the OAS mission "and as a consequence of the de facto regime's reluctance to sign the San Jose Accord."
Zelaya's wife, Xiomara Castro," has said the exiled president has accepted all the plan's 12 points, including abandoning his efforts to change the Honduran constitution, the move that prompted the coup.


Updated : 2021-05-16 05:51 GMT+08:00