MADRID, 13 Oct. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, has claimed sovereignty over the disputed Gulf of Fonseca, in the Pacific Ocean, where El Salvador and Nicaragua also claim territories, ensuring that there is no “discussion” on the matter after announcing a development plan. for the territory.
The Honduran Council of Ministers approved this Wednesday a decree to “promote peace and sustainable development in the Gulf of Fonseca”, as well as to “reaffirm national sovereignty in the maritime areas that correspond to Honduras in its waters,” he said. explained in mandatory through his Twitter account.
“We provide a first-world logistics corridor at the service of Central America,” which will help “promote development and the generation of thousands of jobs for the benefit of our nations,” Hernández added, while insisting on the “pacifist vocation “of the decree.
However, he stressed, Honduras has “every right to defend its sovereignty and the security of the people.” “We are not going to give in or doubt what is our sacred duty to defend the homeland,” he warned.
In this way, Tegucigalpa has claimed sovereignty over 25 islands and islets in the Gulf of Fonseca, referring to two judgments issued by the International Court of Justice on September 11, 1992 and December 18, 2003.
In them, it is specified that “the Honduran archipelago in the Gulf of Fonseca is made up of the following islands: Ramaditas, Conejo, Garrobo, Bean, Grande, Chocolatillo, Chocolate, Santa Elena, Tigrito, Zacate Grande, Güegüensi, Del Toro, Exhibition , El Coyote, Violin, Inglesera, Sirena, el Tigre, el Pacar, Comandante, de la Vaca, de las Clams, de Pájaros, La Boca, Los Matones “, collects Radio América, being Conejo Island the territory that has caused the most confrontations in recent years between Tegucigalpa and San Salvador.
The governments of the three countries bordering the gulf where the small and disputed Conejo Island is located – El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua – have agreements to maintain peace in the area and promote its economic and social development.
The initiative approved by the Government includes the construction of the bridge to link Amapala, on the Isla del Tigre with the mainland in the Coyolito sector, as well as “establishing the Institute for the Development of the Honduran Archipelago in the Gulf of Fonseca.”