The Honduran Alliance of Opposition against the Dictatorship presented Wednesday six conditions for a United Nations-sponsored mediation with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández, a move being led by former presidential candidate and leader of the coalition, Salvador Nasralla who does not recognize the president’s mandate.
The Opposition Alliance announced the conditions through its profiles on social media and said that among the demands is an investigation of human rights violations during the frequent and massive anti-government protests that took place after Hernández was declared a winner by the country’s election authorities. Nasralla sent a team of representatives from his party with the six conditions to a meeting the U.N. mission that arrived into the capital Tegucigalpa Tuesday.
While he called the meeting “fruitful” he did slam the international organization for having “no interest in resolving the crisis" especially after the “bad” message from the U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres congratulating Hernandez on his new term as president.
Nasralla is also calling for electoral reforms and sanctions for non-compliance by any party or individuals in case fraud was proven to have taken place in the Nov. 26 general elections by an independent international investigative team.
The opposition also demands an investigation into the more than 30 protesters killed during the protests, appointing mediators by mutual agreement and that the decisions taken are binding on all parties.
Meanwhile ex-president and general coordinator of the Opposition Alliance Manuel Zelaya told Radio HRN that "there is no institutionality in the country, that is why we have asked for international mediation and before them we can express the problem, because we do not want a dialogue with government."
The U.N.'s mission is scheduled to meet Thursday with other social sectors in the country. On Friday, the mission will meet with Hernandez and on Saturday the delegation will return to New York to present a report to the U.N. Secretary General.
The U.N. mission is made up of Guatemalan Catalina Soberanis; Marcie Mersky from the United States and Carlos Vergara Luna from El Salvador.