MOFA downplays Honduras interference statement
By Joseph Yeh, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) yesterday downplayed a Honduras government statement which hinted that Taiwan should not interfere with the Central American ally's internal affairs and that Honduras has the right to expand relations with other countries, including China.
January 9, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
Florencia Hsie (謝妙宏), deputy director-general of the Foreign Ministry's Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs, yesterday reaffirmed that Taiwan's ties with Honduras remain solid.
This comes in the wake of Honduras's Foreign Ministry publishing a statement on Dec. 28 in which the ally said that noninterference in a country's internal affairs is one of the basic principles of any bilateral relationship. The statement added that Honduras would not accept other country's imposing conditions of any nature on its foreign relations.
The statement further noted that the Central American country will weigh all options when establishing relationships with other nations and governments, adding that its relationship with Beijing has been ongoing for months.
Hsie downplayed the statement, saying only that Taiwan is not opposed to its allies developing “unofficial” economic relations with China as long as the move doesn't affect their ties with Taiwan.
Hsie added that Taiwan's Ambassador Joseph Kuo met with Honduras' foreign minister to discuss the issue last month. Kuo also had a meeting with the Honduran President Porfirio Lobo Sosa last week, she said. During that meeting, Lobo reiterated that bilateral ties remain stable, Hsie added.
The Honduran government's statement stressed it respects the “one China policy” and has never considered “double recognition” of Taipei and Beijing as it would be impossible and inconsistent given international political reality.
The statement came following comments early last month from Taiwan's Foreign Minister, David Lin, which said the country will not tolerate its diplomatic allies adopting dual recognition of both Taiwan and China.
Lin's remarks were a response to questions about whether Honduran President Porfirio Lobo Sosa, in a statement on Dec. 19, had suggested that his country intends to seek diplomatic relations with China. Sosa said the move would not affect its relations with Taiwan.