Boycott threat will not keep Honduran leader from summit

Honduran
President Porfirio Lobo will attend a summit in Spain this month even as some
Latin American leaders who refuse to recognize his government after last year’s
military coup threaten to boycott the proceedings.

Lobo’s
government will cut funding for diplomatic relations with countries that
boycott the 18 May European Union-Latin America and Caribbean Summit, the
Honduran Foreign Ministry said in an e-mailed statement today.

Many
nations share “unease” over recognizing Lobo, who was elected last
November in a vote overseen by a coup-installed government, and will not attend
the Madrid summit, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa said yesterday in
Argentina.

Honduras
was kicked out of the Washington-based Organization of American States after soldiers
ousted President Manuel Zelaya last June.

Ten
Latin American countries, including Brazil, Venezuela and Argentina, have yet
to recognize Lobo, Honduran Foreign Minister Mario Canahuati said. Colombia and
Peru have recognized the Honduran leader.

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