The United Nations highlighted the ‘political maturity’ of the Honduran Government and opposition Monday. The crisis began following accusations of alleged fraud in the 2017 general elections.
In February, an exploratory United Nations mission arrived in Honduras to exchange ideas with the government and opposition to hold talks and reach a consensus. Salvador Nasralla, the former Honduran presidential candidate for the Opposition Alliance against the Dictatorship, slammed the U.N. mission report as inadequate and repeated his call for holding new general elections in Honduras.
He said that the U.N. does not recognize the real problems and the real cause of the conflict, which according to him is the non-acceptance of Juan Orlando Hernandez as the country’s president. By Feb., 30 people were killed in a protest led by the opposition.
The ousted ex-leader Zelaya also said during the same time that he did not trust the U.N. to solve the crisis stemming since Nov. 2017 elections.
After months of the crisis, the government and opposition finally decided to come together to find a solution to those issues.
The resident coordinator of the U.N in Honduras, Igor Garafulic told journalists that the primary issue addressed at the working table on Sept. 4 was, "the decision and the political maturity of the different government and opposition forces of finally sit down and start discussing the underlying issues."
There will be four tables led by Guatemalan Ana Catalina Soberanis, Bolivian Mirna Cuenta, American Marcie Mersky, Spanish Salvador Aguilera and Dominican Javier Cabreja. The tables will discuss issues on human rights, electoral and constitutional reforms, the controversial issue of the 2017 elections and the results and the pre and post-electoral violence.
U.N. experts and representatives of the government, the National and Liberal parties and former presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla will work Wednesdays and Thursdays on various issues.
The primary objective of the dialogue between the different parties is to "unlock a political conflict” stemming from the 2017 general elections.
Garafulic has been meditating since March between different parties to set up the dialogue and said that academics, civil society, and other parties would be listened to respectfully in the dialogue process.
Spain has also supported the political dialogue, after the signing of an agreement titled "Commitment by Honduras: Reconciliation to Transform," on Aug 28.