International organizations and governments are backing dialogue between former presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla and president-elect of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez. The German Embassy in Honduras said it supports talks between the two parties and denounces any violence. In a release issued on Jan. 2, the Embassy stated “all responsible should be dedicated to finding a peaceful solution for the good of the entire country and to strengthen the people’s confidence of a stable democracy” in Honduras. The Coordinator of Spanish Non-Government Organizations in Honduras, or Congdeh, is also urging the Spanish government along with other European Union member states to help the Hondurans “find a legitimate (and) constitutional solution” to the current political crisis in the country.
Nasralla, who leads the Alliance of Opposition against the Dictatorship, does not recognize the results of the Nov. 26 presidential election, which was riddled with accusations of fraud and corruption. Nasralla has stated that he won the polls, but would be willing to repeat them, as was proposed by the Secretary-General of the Organization of American States, OAS, Luis Almagro.
This week Nasralla said he would engage in talks with the president re-elect and his “representatives” but only if there are “impartial… mediators” present, who are aware of the country’s political situation. He has suggested Honduran lawyer, Edmundo Orellana or Juliette Handal, former Honduran Minister of Industry and Commerce, of the Libre party.