In this CNN (Español) video from yesterday, November 3, you will hear US Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Shannon clarify that the restoration of Zelaya to the presidency is not guaranteed by the Guaymuras-Tegucigalpa-San José Accord and that it is a decision to be made by the Honduran National Congress. He states that installation of the National Unity Government is a separate matter from the restitution. He also states that the US and the OAS will accompany Honduras to their elections.
Shannon specifically denies the rumor that he pressured Zelaya to sign by saying that Zelaya’s son would be prosecuted on drug charges in the US.
Shannon also insists that both Micheletti and Zelaya agreed to abide by the Congress’ decision: “The future is in the hands of the Hondurans.”
The interview, in Spanish:
Zelaya in turn claims he must be reinstated, and sent a letter to Hillary Clinton asking to clarify.
La Gringa also has an article at Pajamas Media, Democracy Alliance in Honduras Declares OAS Chief ‘Persona Non Grata’
A blow against the Chavistas by a leading civic group that also wants to ban OAS observers from elections later this month.
In a noon press conference, a large Honduran civic group declared José Miguel Insulza, the secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), persona non grata in Honduras.
Armida López, the president of Alianza por Honduras en Paz y Democracia (Alliance for Honduras in Peace and Democracy), read the press release to the media.
Lopéz referred to Insulza’s interventionism in Honduras, his abusive comments in violation of the recent accord, and Chavez’s influence over Insulza. The APD press release asks the Honduran government not to allow Insulza in the country because he is not worthy of the position that he occupies. Additionally, it asks to not allow a general assembly of the OAS in Honduras since the OAS has chosen to remove Honduras from the organization — and has not invited the country to the meeting.
Additionally, the group asks the Honduran Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) to not permit OAS functionaries to serve as election observers because they do not believe that they are unbiased; the group accuses Insulza of being under the influence of Hugo Chavéz.
Again, as Shannon said in his interview, the Hondurans are taking things in their own hands.
I’ll be talking about this in today’s podcast at 11AM Eastern. You can listen to the archived podcasts at your convenience.
Honduras: Ousted Leader Questions U.S. Policy
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Supporters of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya say lawmakers are stalling efforts to bring him back to office before a Nov. 29 election.
Ed asks, Did Obama throw Zelaya under the bus?