Do the sanctions already in place work? The press who interviewed State Department experts by phone on the 25th about the visa cutoff for tourist visas seemed to think this would have little effect. They suggest that cutting off business visas would be more effective, but also note that that they expect most business people would already have multiple-entry business visas. However, statements today by Amilcilar Buines, head of COHEP, a business association, suggests that cutting off tourist visas may have had a significant negative effect on the business sector. Enrique Núñez, the president of another business association, ANMNPHI (Associación Nacional de Mediana y Pequeña Industria de Honduras) said
"This thing with the visas has a large negative effect, primarily because it affects the purchase of basic materials needed for production processes in small and medium businesses."
Jorge Canahauti, head of the association of Maquila owners suggested that the government needs to find an intermediate position that it can get behind.
Adolfo Facussé, president of ANDI, the Asociación Nacional de Industriales de Honduras, said that any punishment that involved affecting Honduras's membership in CAFTA, the Central American Free Trade Agreement, as was recently suggested by the President of the Dominican Republic, Leonel Fernández, "would be the ruin of the country". However, he notes they would rather "resist the pressures of the United States and eat tortillas and beans for a year rather than return to the way things were, under the influence of Hugo Chavez".