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In other Latin American news: Honduras interim gov’t: OAS mission won’t be fair
Honduras’ coup-installed government said it does not expect to be judged fairly by an international panel that arrived Monday to investigate allegations of human rights abuses.
The visit by Inter-American Commission of Human Rights monitors comes a week after the interim government charged 24 supporters of ousted President Manuel Zelaya with sedition in an intensifying crackdown on protests that have sometimes turned violent.
Interim Deputy Foreign Minister Martha Alvarado said the government expects a biased assessment from the panel because it is a branch of the Organization of American States, which has condemned the June 28 coup and is demanding Zelaya’s reinstatement.
“We must be very careful not to have great expectation of their reports,” Alvarado said at a news conference. “We have great reservations.”
The monitors met Monday with members of the Supreme Court and will spend a week meeting with other officials and civic organizations. The OAS also plans to send a delegation of foreign ministers from Western Hemisphere countries later this week in a bid to revive negotiations to end the crisis.