Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart: ‘It's Time to Face the Facts'

Dec 11, 2009
Press Release
For Immediate Release:

Leads Letter Strongly Urging Secretary Clinton to Support Democracy in Honduras, Encourage Other Nations to Follow

WASHINGTON, DC- Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this week expressing strong support for the November 29th national elections in Honduras.  The letter was also signed by Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, Connie Mack of Florida, Lincoln Diaz-Balart of Florida, Dana Rohrabacher of California, Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan, Aaron Schock of Illinois, Doug Lamborn of Colorado, Ralph Hall of Texas, Brian Bilbray of California, Dan Burton of Indiana, and Paul Broun of Georgia.

“It is critical that following the fair and transparent elections in Honduras, the U.S. remain steadfast in its support and partnership with this democratic ally. 

“It is troubling that the State Department continues to mettle in the sovereign affairs of the Honduran government, and that it fails to fully accept that with the election process came a much needed resolution to the political crisis of that nation. 

“The State Department must stand clear in support of Honduras, and do more to encourage our democratic friends and allies in the region and around the world to fully recognize the lawful election results in Honduras.  It’s time to face the facts.  The Honduran people have spoken loud and clear.”

Members are asking that the U.S. encourage other nations in the hemisphere and around the world to recognize the results of the Honduran elections as fair and legitimate.  The letter also urges that the U.S. maintain a strong partnership with Honduras, its newly and democratically elected government and its people.

Text of the letter is included below:  

The Honorable Hillary R. Clinton
Secretary
Department of State
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC  20520

Dear Secretary Clinton,
We write to express our steadfast support for the November 29th elections in Honduras.

Despite the best efforts of Manuel Zelaya and his supporters to derail these elections, there was significant voter turnout.  It is evident that the Honduran people are looking towards the future.

The United States has always stood for liberty, democracy and the rule of law, and the Honduran election exemplifies these ideals we deeply cherish as a nation.  While it is our understanding that the United States has recognized the election, it is deeply troubling and concerning that many of our allies around the world have refused to recognize the legitimate election results.  We strongly urge you to work with our democratic friends and allies in the region and around the world to encourage them to fully and unequivocally recognize the lawful election results in Honduras.

Now that the Honduran election “met international standards of fairness and transparency,” as characterized by Assistant Secretary Arturo Valenzuela, and the Honduran Congress voted against former president Zelaya’s restoration— both key elements of the San Jose Accord—we believe it is imperative that the United States immediately restore all U.S. visas, assistance, and cooperation.
It is critical that the democratic process prevails in Honduras and that the United States maintains a strong partnership with this democratic ally.

Sincerely,

Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida
Connie Mack of Florida
Lincoln Diaz-Balart of Florida
Dana Rohrabacher of California
Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan
Aaron Schock of Illinois
Doug Lamborn of Colorado
Ralph Hall of Texas
Brian Bilbray of California
Dan Burton of Indiana
Paul Broun of Georgia