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As US Sanctions Salvador 5 But No Hondurans UN Guterres With JOH Inner City Press Asks Of

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Podcast
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Sept 21 – With Central America on the agenda of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken June 1-2 in Costa Rica, Inner City Press on May 27 asked Department of State Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Acting Assistant Secretary Julie J. Chung about the Administration's approach to Honduras.  

 Now during the UN General Assembly from which UN Sec-Gen Antonio Guterres has banned Inner City Press, with no actions by the US Mission to the UN, the US on September 20 announced sanctions of five from El Salvador and two from Guatemala - and NONE from Honduras. Why not?

 Well, one reason is the UN Sec-Gen Guterres has repeatedly covered up for Juan Orlando Hernandez, sending a four person panel to prop him up after dubious election, then refusing to answer Press questions about it. Now on September 21 in New York, Guterres has issued this: "The Secretary-General met with H.E. Mr. Juan Orlando Hernández Alvarado, President of Honduras. The Secretary-General and the President discussed efforts undertaken to address the COVID-19 emergency, the impact of recent natural disasters and the implementation of the Comprehensive Development Plan.        New York, 21 September 2021      *****       El Secretario General se reunió con El Excelentísimo Señor Juan Orlando Hernández Alvarado, Presidente de Honduras. El Secretario General y el Presidente Hernández discutieron sobre los esfuerzos realizados para abordar la emergencia del COVID-19, el impacto de los recientes desastres naturales que afectaron al país, y la implementación del Plan de Desarrollo Integral."  Shameful.

  The president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez, was repeatedly referred to by DOJ prosecutors as involved in narco-trafficking during the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York trials of his brother, Tony Hernandez (sentenced to life plus 30 years) and Geovanny Fuentes Ramirez.  

 Acting Assistance Secretary Chung told Inner City Press that those leaders who will not tackle corruption will not be U.S. partners. While Inner City Press said thanks for the answer, how will the Administration cordon off its aid from use by the JOH government, which also used Facebook to game elections in the country?  Podcast here.

From the US State Department transcript:

MODERATOR: Let’s go the line Matthew Russell Lee. 

QUESTION: Sure. Thanks a lot and thanks for taking the question. I had wanted to ask specifically about Honduras. There have been a series of cases in the Southern District of New York where the brother of the president, Juan Orlando Hernandez, his brother Tony was convicted of drug trafficking. And in the most recent trial, his name came up repeatedly as “CC-4,” seemingly involved in the trafficking.  So I’m wondering – I know there’s a general concern with corruption and countries being sort of involuntarily subject to drug trafficking, but what’s the State Department’s thought of how to ensure that that aid to Honduras isn’t used by the current government? Or what’s your thinking on this? Thanks a lot. 

MS CHUNG: Yes, well, we take any allegations of criminal activity very seriously. I won’t speak to the specifics of the DOJ case, but combating corruption and impunity, those are really at the center of the President’s priorities in the region and how to address the root causes of irregular migration. So we have said very clearly that any leader unwilling to tackle corruption will not be considered a close U.S. partner, and we take that very seriously. And so we want to have these conversations ongoing with, again, not just the governments but all stakeholders in the region. And we also want to use this opportunity in this multilateral format to see how countries can look for these regional challenges and come up with regional solutions together as well.

  The answer stands in contrast with the United Nations, which after under Antonio Guterres have propped up JOH when he stole the election the last time has refused all of Inner City Press' questions, even in writing, and continues to ban it from entering the UN, now for the 1060th day. Something must change. 

Here's the trip announcement: Ned Price, Department Spokesperson  Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will travel on June 1-2 to San José, Costa Rica, where he will engage with senior leaders from Central America, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic, as well as Costa Rican government officials and civil society. ...
Secretary Blinken will then participate in a meeting with senior leaders from member-states of the Central America Integration System (SICA), along with Mexico.  Together, they will advance a collaborative approach to addressing the root causes of migration, including improving democratic governance, security, and economic opportunity for the people of Central America.  He will also meet separately with several of his foreign counterparts to discuss joint efforts to address bilateral and regional issues. Watch this site.


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