President Pepe Lobo met Wednesday night with the National Defense and Security Council and Commanders of the Honduras Armed Forces to discuss taking action regarding the ruling issued by the International Court of Justice in the Hague in September of 1992, when it resolved the border dispute with El Salvador.
President Lobo said they gathered to make decisions, and reiterated the peaceful will of the State of Honduras. The topic of discussion was that in 1992, the International Court of Justice in the Hague issued a judgment in favor of Honduras; however, it has not been possible to execute this judgment in relation to the maritime boundary in the Gulf of Fonseca.
Honduras Urges Implementation of Hague Ruling
“We repeatedly have asked the UN Security Council to help us implement the sentence, because the Gulf of Fonseca has become a source of tension between States, which sometimes is enhanced by certain attitudes of some officials; in this case, of the sister Republic of El Salvador, in pending expressions that have an atmosphere of confrontation between sister Nations,” the President said.
The National Council of Defense and Security decided on Wednesday evening to take several actions, the first of which is to send a delegation to both the United Nations and the Organization of American States (OAS) to accelerate the implementation of the ruling by the International Court of Justice in the Hague, because the execution of the ruling has not been achieved on the part of the three countries in the Gulf of Fonseca, although 21 years have passed.
The officials also made a decision to invite the ambassadors of the countries that are members of the UN Security Council, to visit Honduras next week, in order to understand the situation in the Gulf of Fonseca, the context of the ruling by the International Court of Justice in the Hague, and the generation of tensions in the area that are of great concern. Insistence on the implementation of the sentence issued by the highest court of justice in the world in relation to the Gulf of Fonseca could end many tensions that have arisen in the area. It could facilitate a profound brotherhood and a decline in attitudes, which would contribute to peace in the region, and most importantly, in Central America.
The President considered that the acquisition of a fleet of aircraft on the part of El Salvador, and the expressions of some of its officials, do not contribute, in any way, to maintaining a climate of peace in the region.