Note to Correspondents: Report of United Nations Exploratory Mission to Honduras of 6 to 10 February 2018

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The UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA) deployed, at the request of the Honduran Government, an exploratory mission to Honduras from 6 to 10 February 2018.

Yesterday, Miroslav Jenča, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, delivered to Mary Elizabeth Flores, Permanent Representative of Honduras to the United Nations, the report of the exploratory mission.

Mr. Jenča conveyed the gratitude of the Secretariat to the Honduran Government, following its request for technical support from the UN for the implementation of a process to facilitate a future national dialogue. He also thanked political parties and civil society for their trust in the Organization.

The mission among other things assessed conditions for a possible dialogue. The mission’s report was presented with the aim of suggesting measures that would contribute to the promotion of the necessary political reforms within the framework of the Honduran Constitution, respect for human rights and the rule of law.

The mission's report recommends a series of confidence-building measures that could help establish the basis for a future dialogue. The mission believes such measures can help reduce tensions and generate credibility in such a process.

The United Nations commitment to the protection of human rights underpins the report. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Honduras is available to support the follow-up to the recommendations in this area, in cooperation with the Government of Honduras. DPA, UNDP and other UN partners stand ready to continue supporting national efforts, including the implementation of the report's recommendations.

New York, 23 February 2018