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Strengthened OAS (32-1) restored Honduras membership. U.S. enthusiastic on OAS accomplishments.

Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) Jose Miguel Insulza (L) hugs Honduras' President Porfirio Lobo during a meeting in Tegucigalpa. Credit to Reuters Pictures.

Diplomatic representatives of all nations in the Organization of American States -OAS- voted 32-1 here Wednesday to restore Honduras’ membership in the hemispheric body.

The Central American country was suspended from the OAS on July 4, 2009, a few days after then-Honduran President Mel Zelaya was ousted in a military coup supported by the majority of the Congress and the Judiciary.

The OAS Assembly invited the Honduran delegation to occupy their country’s designated spot in the main Inter-american body in the western hemisphere.

The representatives present at OAS headquarters in Washington DC stood and applauded as Honduran Foreign Minister Mario Canahuati and two senior colleagues entered the meeting hall.

In a press statement, Secretary Hillary Clinton welcomed today’s decision by members of the Organization of American States (OAS) to lift the suspension of Honduras’ participation in the organization.

Mrs. Clinton also pointed out that “the crisis and coup in Honduras was a test for the OAS and its ability to act swiftly and decisively to safeguard our shared democratic values. The Inter-American Democratic Charter was invoked. Honduras was suspended. Thanks to the steadfast efforts of President Lobo and his commitment to national reconciliation, and the tireless efforts of several OAS member states, democracy was restored, ” and the Secretary also said that “this accomplishment has strengthened the OAS’ ability to deal with future challenges to democracy and the threat they pose to peace and prosperity. ”

Besides lifting the suspension of Honduras, the OAS agreed to…