President of this shift in the European Union, Spain decided to formalize invitation so that the president of Honduras, Porfírio Lobo, participates of the Sixth Summit Latin America and Caribbean – EU, which will happen in Madrid on the 17 and 18th of May.
The decision was received very badly by at least ten of the twelve countries that integrate the Union of the South American Nations (Unasur).
In the South America, only Colombia and Peru recognize the Honduran government.
The others, led by Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela, demand that Manuel Zelaya, today exiled in Dominican Republic, has his political rights restored and can return to the country.
Otherwise, they won´t recognize the government of Lobo and will boycott the Summit if he appears there.
The Spanish chancellery has been much criticized, since the invitation ignored the decision adopted by the Latin-American countries in Cancún, of not recognizing the legitimacy of the Honduran election.
This week President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva talked with his colleagues of the Unasur and made clear that he won´t be there if Lobo has his presence confirmed.
Brazil admits to recognize the government of Honduras, but besides the restitution of the political rights of Zelaya, the country wants guarantees that a new coup d´etat won´t happen again.
In Tegucigalpa, Porfírio Lobo affirmed that he doesn´t intend to be a problem for Spain and that he might participate of other similar events in the future.
On the other side, the Ministry of Foreign Relations of the country informed that the president feels very much honored in participating and that he received with joy the Spanish invitation.
Marcelo Rech is a journalist, editor of the InfoRel and specialist in International Relations, Strategies and Policies of Defense and Terrorism, Counter-Insurgency. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org