UN – Zelaya’s removal was Constitutional: 15 Minutes on Latin America UPDATED
Moe Lane heard from the UN:
Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General
The United Nations wishes to clarify that its position, regarding the legality of the removal of President Zelaya in Honduras has been clearly articulated by the General Assembly Resolution 63/301 adopted on 1 July 2009. This resolution “condemns the coup d’etat in the Republic of Honduras that has interrupted the democratic and constitutional order and the legitimate exercise of power in Honduras.”
A recent Honduran media report appears to refer to an analysis submitted by a consultant as representing the views of the Department of Political Affairs This is highly misleading. The Department of Political Affairs routinely receives reports and analyses of this type from consultants, academics and other experts. But its views are strictly in line with that outlined in the General Assembly Resolution.
The Secretary-General urges the parties in Honduras to avoid distractions at this critical moment in the negotiations and remain focused on arriving at a consensual agreement to end the crisis in Honduras through dialogue.
He continues to strongly support OAS-led efforts to assist the parties in reaching a solution.
Looks like the report exists, but was was from an outside consultant, and what matters is that the UN’s position is unchanged.
In today’s podcast at 11AM Eastern,
Hondudiario: “Destitución de Zelaya fue Constitucional”: ONU
La Gringa: UN Study: Ouster of Zelaya was constitutional
Ed Morrissey: Report: UN concluded Zelaya removal legal
Kate: Se desperto la ONU — por fin
The UN’s Department of Political Affairs website was last updated in September.
As I stated in the podcast, until we can actually read and link to the UN report, it’s best to remain skeptical.
Other articles mentioned in the podcast,
the Law Library of Congress Director of Legal Research report on Honduras
and Negotiators narrow differences in Honduras, via Steve.