Honduran coup officials may get US visas back

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Posted: Sep 07, 2011 2:03 AM
Honduran coup officials may get US visas back

The U.S. State Department is offering visas again to Honduran officials who had them revoked after taking part in a June 2009 coup that deposed former President Manuel Zelaya, a U.S. Embassy official confirmed Tuesday.

"The Department of State has determined that some of the Hondurans whose eligibility for visas was restricted following the June 2009 coup d'etat are again eligible to be considered for visas," said a U.S. Embassy spokesperson who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not allowed to discuss the new policy.

Gabriela Nunez, finance minister under the post-coup, interim President Roberto Micheletti, said she received notice in June that she could reapply for a visa.

Nunez said Tuesday she didn't know if other Honduran officials were eligible, but others said some were already traveling to the U.S.

The U.S. revoked more than 1,000 visas of Micheletti officials after the coup. President Porfirio Lobo has since been democratically elected, and Zelaya has returned to the country.