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OAS Secretary-General to Address Canada's Engagement in Honduras at FOCAL Roundtable

September 14, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009
2:00 - 3:30 pm

University of Ottawa
90 University, Lounge, Main Floor,
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José Miguel Insulza, Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS), and Paul Durand, former Canadian ambassador to Honduras and the OAS, will discuss what happened in Honduras, the role that Canada has played and implications for democracy in the Western Hemisphere.

Honduran president Manuel Zelaya, elected in 2006, was arrested by the army and flown out of the country on June 28. The Honduran Congress then confirmed its speaker, Roberto Micheletti, as the new president.

The Honduran government has defended its actions as a constitutional defence of democracy, despite international condemnation. The OAS invoked the Inter-American Democratic Charter, signed in 2001, and suspended Honduras' membership. Governments in the hemisphere, including Canada, have lent their support to the mediation process led by Costa Rican president Oscar Arias. However, the situation remains in stalemate.

The roundtable, undertaken with financial support from the Government of Canada through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is co-hosted by the Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL) and the Canadian International Council (CIC) with the cooperation of the School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa.

For interviews with José Miguel Insulza, ex officio FOCAL Board member Paul Durand and FOCAL's Executive Director Carlo Dade, please contact Peter Moore, 613-562-0005 ext. 255.


The Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL) is an independent, non-partisan think tank dedicated to strengthening Canadian relations with Latin America and the Caribbean through policy dialogue and analysis.

For more information contact:
Peter Moore
Director of Communications
Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL)
Phone: 613-562-0005 ext. 255

Carlo Dade
Executive Director
Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL)
Phone: 613-562-0005 ext. 222

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