Breaking news: ZELAYA BACK IN HONDURAS
According to Noticias 24 reports that deposed president Mel Zelaya is back in Honduras, staying at the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa.
CNN reports that State Department spokesman Ian Kelly confirmed the news,
U.S. State Department spokesman Ian Kelly confirmed Zelaya was in Honduras, but could provide no further information.
“We have confirmed that he is in Honduras,” Kelly told journalists, adding the State Department was trying to find out more details of Zelaya’s whereabouts.
Enrique Reina, the Honduran ambassador to the United States, told CNN en Español that he could not divulge exactly where Zelaya was for security reasons.
Rodolfo Pastor, the charge d’affairs of the Honduran Embassy in Washington, said Zelaya was at the United Nations offices in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa.
But Rebeca Arias, coordinator for the United Nations in Tegucigalpa, denied the leader was in the building.
“He’s not here,” she said, adding that Zelaya had called her late Monday morning and told her that he was in the country and would inform her within a few hours where he was.
As you can read in the Noticias 24 report, however, the Brazilian Embassy has confirmed that he is there.
“I’m here in the Honduran capital, in the first place carrying out the people’s will, which has insisted on my restoration,” Zelaya said in a separate broadcast on Venezuela’s government-owned Telesur network. “I’m here to initiate a dialogue.”
He’s there, confirmed by the State Department, alright.
4:20PM Globovision reports that the Honduran government has issued an arrest warrant against Zelaya.
Photo of Zelaya at the Brazilian Embassy at Noticias 24. Never one for modesty, Zelaya says “it’s like a holiday for the country.”
What part the Obama administration played remains to be ascertained.
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5:20PM La Gringa posts,
El Tiempo reported earlier that former Minister of the Presidency Enrique Flores stated that Zelaya was returned “thanks to a coordinated international operative”.
Coordinated? By whom?
5:45PM Transcript of the US State Dept., via Dick, briefing
QUESTION: On Honduras, please?
MR. KELLY: Yes.
QUESTION: Do we know if President Zelaya has come home? And what does it signal?
MR. KELLY: Well, you know, literally, as I was about to come down, I saw the news report and I was able to talk to my colleagues in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. It does seem to be true that he has returned to Honduras. And the Embassy is still seeking details about what he hopes to achieve and what his next steps are.
I think that at this point, really, all I can say is reiterate our almost daily call on both sides to exercise restraint and refrain from any kind of action that would have any possible outcome in violence, refrain from activities that would – could provoke violence.
QUESTION: How did he come in, and where is he? What –
MR. KELLY: Don’t know.
QUESTION: When did it happen?
MR. KELLY: Like I say, the Embassy is trying to find out these details. But I do know that we have confirmed that he’s in Honduras. Where exactly he is, I don’t know. And we’re just trying to find out more details.
QUESTION: Last time we tuned in, he was under threat of arrest if he came home. Is that still what’s in play right now?
MR. KELLY: I’d have to refer you to the de facto regime in Tegucigalpa. Of course, we believe that he’s the democratic – democratically elected and constitutional leader of Honduras.
Zelaya’s phone interview (in Spanish)
Gateway Pundit reminds us that the freedom for Honduras demonstration in St Louis is scheduled for tomorrow.
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