Ongoing political instability threatens to seriously undermine long-term development gains in Honduras, one of Central America’s poorest nations, says Progressio on the eve of the presidential elections there.
Reports are emerging of a possible settlement that will allow President Manuel Zelaya of Honduras to resume his elected position, following a coup earlier in the year and intense international efforts to restore him.
An earthquake of 7.1 on the Richter scale struck Honduras at midnight two days ago. The epicentre of the two-minute quake was the Caribbean coast just north of Bay Islands. Suggestions of another quake is adding to tensions.
Catholic aid agencies CAFOD in the UK and Development & Peace in Canada are calling on multi-million pound mining giant Goldcorp to ensure their San Martin mine in Honduras does not leave a toxic legacy when it closes at the end of 2009.