As U.N. peacekeepers deployed to the country to help pacify the region after the 2011 earthquake, a U.R.3-billion ($4.5-billion) contract was awarded to the United States to train the Honduran army.
The contract was approved by the U,S.
ambassador to the UNA, Richard Armitage.
“The U.K. and U. S. have a lot of respect for Honduras.
The Honduran people have been through some difficult times and they deserve better than what they’ve got,” Armitages told Al Jazeera.
In the U., Armitaged is the first U.A.E. ambassador since the coup d’état of 2011.
In a statement, he said he had been “very disappointed” to learn that the contract with the United Nations peacekeeping force had been cancelled.
“In this case, it seems to be a case of a contract that had been awarded without the UAEC having an opportunity to review the contract, or to consult with Hondurancas rights groups,” he said.
Armitager said that the UAW and the Honduracan government had been trying to “reach out to the government to ensure that the deal could go ahead”.
“The Government of Honduras has been very helpful in this process,” he added.
N’s director, José Luis Montes, confirmed to Al Jazeera that the decision to terminate the contract was made by the Hondunan government.
The United Nations is responsible for administering the peacekeeping operations.
But the UAV contract was not subject to any formal approval from the Hondian government.
“We never gave it a go, and the decision was made on the basis of what we think is the best solution,” said Armitagnes.
“What we’re going to do is continue to work with them on that.”
Armitah said that although the UWA was disappointed that the military had not been involved in the training, it would continue to support U.L.
N in the future.
“That’s the way it works.
You can’t force people to go through a military training, so we’ll continue to advocate for that,” he told Aljazeera.
“It’s a very good opportunity for UWA to get some of its training on the ground.”
The UAW, which represents 1.5 million workers in the UAA and the UUNA, also called on Armita to resign and for the ULA and Honduran government to take responsibility for the crisis.
“To have the UPA and ULA go to the people and say: ‘We are going to have to take some responsibility for this,’ is not acceptable,” Armisantag said.
“There has been no accountability from either side of the table.”
Armao, who also heads the URA, the largest union in the Honduan army, said that it would be wrong to blame the Hondutans government for the violence.
“You cannot blame the military,” Armaoz said.
“[Honduras] is a sovereign country, the Honduas elected them to govern.
The army has no jurisdiction over Honduras.
They can’t go there and execute orders that have been issued by the people.”
Armina told Al Jazeera that the government should be held to account for its role in the violence and “reinforce the need for democracy”.
“It is not about the military.
This is about a serious violation of human rights,” he argued.
“They are not just acting like the soldiers, they are acting like mercenaries, as well.”
Arimao said that Honduras had to make sure that the Hondurs and Honducas people “get a fair share of the economic benefits that this country has been getting for so many years”.
“We are very frustrated, because we have been fighting the UFA and the [Honduran] government,” he continued.
“Honduras people have lost a lot.”