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Honduran President Visits Cuba


Honduran President Jose Manuel Zelaya has visited Cuba for talks with acting President Raul Castro on bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues.

President Zelaya and his delegation arrived Tuesday in Havana for an official welcoming ceremony. The two countries re-established diplomatic relations in 2002.

Mr. Zelaya was also scheduled to tour the Latin American School of Medical Sciences on his visit to the Caribbean island.

It was not known whether Mr. Zelaya would meet with ailing Cuban President Fidel Castro, who handed power to his brother, Raul, on a provisional basis in July of last year due to his intestinal surgery.

Besides meeting with Cuban officials, Mr. Zelaya was to have signed a maritime border agreement with authorities in Havana.

But reports say the signing ceremony was delayed at the request of the Honduran delegation in order to analyze a U.N. court decision that favored Honduras in a territorial dispute with Nicaragua.

On Monday, the International Court of Justice in The Hague, the U.N.'s highest court, granted Honduras sovereignty over four Caribbean islands, ending that nation's dispute with its neighbor.

The court also redrew the maritime border between the two Caribbean nations. It awarded each party roughly half of the disputed territory, which offers rich fishing grounds and potential oil and gas reserves.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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