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UNCLAS TEGUCIGALPA 002855 SIPDIS FOR PD/WHA (MBUCKLEY) INFO IIP EMBASSIES FOR PAOS, APAOS, IOs, E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: OIIP, KPAO, HO, PA SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: HONDURAS AND THE WAR AGAINST IRAQ Editorial in "La Tribuna"(liberal party periodical) Tegucigalpa-based daily (10/9), "Honduras and the War against Iraq." The Minister of Foreign Affairs has said that Honduras will support the United States in an invasion of Iraq to bring down and if it possible get rid of Saddam Hussein". "In addition to this, the Honduran government also signed an agreement with the United States promising not to send North American soldiers stationed in our country to the International Criminal Court for trial." This agreement was signed at the request of the United States who seeks to sign similar agreements with other countries in order to protect U.S. soldiers from being tried at the International Criminal Court". With these two incidences of support, nobody can question that Honduras is not an excellent ally of the United States. "Because of the unconditional support that Honduras offered to its northern neighbor on two issues that are of high interest to it, we would hope the visit of Colin Powell to Honduras would be advantageous and beneficial and will give us the opportunity to outline themes that are important to us - of which we have many, including the border problems with our neighbors". Palmer.
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