Secretary Hillary Clinton’s Statement on Situation in Honduras *UPDATED*
The Secretary of State issued the following statement regarding the detention of President Zelaya of Honduras:
“The action taken against Honduran President Mel Zelaya violates the precepts of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, and thus should be condemned by all. We call on all parties in Honduras to respect the constitutional order and the rule of law, to reaffirm their democratic vocation, and to commit themselves to resolve political disputes peacefully and through dialogue. Honduras must embrace the very principles of democracy we reaffirmed at the OAS meeting it hosted less than one month ago.
More on the situation there:
“Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the action taken against Honduras’ president should be condemned by everyone.
She says Honduras must embrace the principles of democracy and respect constitutional order.
The president, Manuel Zelaya, was flown to Costa Rica after being taken into military custody at his house outside the Honduran capital.
He was detained shortly before voting was to begin on a constitutional referendum the president had insisted on holding. The Supreme Court had ruled it illegal and everyone from the military to Congress and members of his own party opposed it.”
UPDATE: According to recent news reports, US officials have spoken directly with deposed President Zelaya. Also, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, an ally of Zelaya, has put his military on high alert.
UPDATE II: More on the situation in Honduras:
“The faith of the ousted Honduran President, Manuel Zelaya, is still in limbo. Zelaya remains in Costa Rica after a 12-member military team went into his residence, detained him, and exiled him on Sunday. The United States along with all other countries members of the Council of Organization of American States (OAS) have condemned the coup d’Etat and have called for Zelaya’s return as president of the Central American country.
The OAS adopted a resolution stating that it “rejects and repudiates” the coup d’etat and is “concerned with the break-down of the constitutional order in the Republic of Honduras.”
But despite the statements from the OAS and the Obama Administration, the Honduran government went ahead on Sunday afternoon to swear in a new president, Roberto Micheletti Bain. Supporters of Micheletti, the head of the legislature, claim that Zelaya signed a resignation letter after he was detained.
“The nation’s congress according to its constitution agrees to: reprimand the conduct of president Manuel Zelaya, due to his repeated violations to the Constitution of the Republic and its laws and for not observing the resolutions and ordinances of the judicial system,” read a decree by the Legislature’s Secretary, Jose Alfredo Saavedra. (Remarks translated to English)
One of Micheletti’s first mandates was declaring Martial Law for the next 48 hours. Honduran’s must stay at home from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., according to La Prensa, a Honduran newspaper.
Still, a U.S. State Department senior administration official stated on Sunday that the United States would only recognize Zelaya as Hondura’s President. He also said that the “resignation letter” shouldn’t be taken seriously given the situation Zelaya was in.”