Honduran interim gov't announces to quit OAS
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¡¤Honduras' interim government announced Friday that the country decided to quit from OAS.
¡¤Honduras will face freezing of loans from Central American Bank of Economic Integration.
¡¤Other international help and donations can be suspended.

    TEGUCIGALPA, July 3 (Xinhua) -- Honduras' interim government announced Friday that the country decided to quit from the Organization of American States (OAS).

    In a letter to the OAS read by Honduras' Vice Minister of International Relations Martha Lorena de Casco, it said "This government believes that inside the organization (of the OAS), there is no room for Honduras, for the states that love its freedom and defend its sovereignty."

    The reading of the letter was made in presence of Honduran Acting President Roberto Micheletti.

    Honduras will face freezing of loans from Central American Bank of Economic Integration (CABEI), while other international help and donations can be suspended.

    The interim government's announcement came after OAS chief Jose Miguel Insulza said in Tegucigalpa Friday that he would recommend the suspension of Honduras from the regional group due to its post-coup rulers' refusal to reinstate ousted President Manuel Zelaya.

Organization of American States (OAS) chief Jose Miguel Insulza (M) leaves after a news conference at a hotel in downtown Tegucigalpa July 3, 2009. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)
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    The OAS has given the Honduran interim government until noon on Saturday to restore Zelaya to power, or face expulsion.

    Insulza, who is on a fact-finding mission in Honduras, said Zelaya must be reinstalled to lead the country.

    "Zelaya is the only one that we recognize as Honduran President, and he must be returned to his position as soon as possible," Insulza said at a press conference.

    "Honduras is exposed to an international sanction, because the world unanimously has declared this action as a violation of democracy. I have spoken with several people, and apparently no one wants to accept responsibility for what happened last weekend."

    "I'm going back to Washington and I will report what I found out here to the OAS Assembly. We will discuss it and then we're going to make a decision," Insulza said.

    Enrique Ortez Colindres, foreign minister of Honduras' post-coup government, told media that the government would not negotiate with the OAS.

    "We have a very firm position that we do not negotiate Honduras' sovereignty," Ortez said.

    Honduran soldiers stormed the presidential palace and flew Zelaya into exile in Costa Rica early Sunday.

    Later, the country's legislature voted to appoint Roberto Micheletti, head of the legislature, as acting president to serve out Zelaya's term, which ends in January.

OAS chief: Honduras' membership to be suspended 

    TEGUCIGALPA, July 3 (Xinhua) -- The secretary-general of the Organization of American States (OAS) said here Friday he would immediately recommend the suspension of Honduras from the regional group due to its post-coup rulers' refusal to reinstate ousted President Manuel Zelaya.

     OAS chief Jose Miguel Insulza was speaking to reporters after he failed to persuade the interim government of Honduras to reinstate Zelaya, who was deposed after Sunday's military coup.  Full story

Honduran post-coup gov't claims no negotiations with OAS

    TEGUCIGALPA, July 3 (Xinhua) -- Enrique Ortez Colindres, the foreign minister of Honduras' post-coup government, told media on Friday that the government will not negotiate with the Organization of American States (OAS).

    "We have a very firm position that we do not negotiate Honduras' sovereignty," Ortez said. Full story

Ecuadoran president ready to accompany Zelaya back to Honduras 

    QUITO, July 3 (Xinhua) -- Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa said Friday that he is ready to accompany Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya to return to Tegucigalpa this weekend.

    "It was an invitation from Honduras' President Manuel Zelaya," Correa said in a radio interview, adding that "the Honduras dictatorship has its hours numbered."  Full story

Honduras' Zelaya leaves El Salvador after brief visit

    MEXICO CITY, July 3 (Xinhua) -- Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted on Sunday from Honduras' presidency, left El Salvador Friday night after a whistle-stop visit, according to news reaching here.

    Zelaya, who arrived from Panama, met briefly with El Salvador's President Mauricio Funes and left on a private plane, Salvadorian presidency communication minister David Rivas said, without specifying where Zelaya went.Full story

Supporters of Zelaya, interim government continue protests in Honduras

    TEGUCIGALPA, July 2 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of supporters of Manuel Zelaya on Thursday continued to protest the military coup that ousted the president and drew worldwide condemnation.

A pro-Zelaya protestor rallies in front of the UN Bureau to Honduras in Tegucigalpa, capital of Honduras, July 2, 2009. (Xinhua/David De La Paz)
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    Meanwhile, an explosion was heard late Thursday near the Tegucigalpa airport. There were no immediate reports of casualties. Full Story

L American congress leaders to accompany Zelaya back to Honduras  

    QUITO, July 2 (Xinhua) -- The heads of nine Latin American legislatures promised to accompany ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya back to his country, Ecuadorian congress leader said Thursday.

    Fernando Cordero said he would seek to "accompany President Zelaya" on his return, together with eight other legislature leaders from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela, the Andean Parliament and the Latin American Parliament. Full Story

Neighbors trade embargo on Honduras ends 

    TEGUCIGALPA, July 2 (Xinhua) -- The 48-hour trade embargo imposed by Honduras' three neighbors in response to a military coup came to an end on Thursday, with a cost to the nation worth 16 million U.S. dollars.

    El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua had all halted trade with Honduras after Sunday's military coup against President Manuel Zelaya. Full story 

Honduras' UN ambassador does not recognize new gov't 

    TEGUCIGALPA, July 2 (Xinhua) -- Honduras' ambassador to the United Nations, Jorge Arturo Reina, on Thursday told a radio station here that he does not recognize Roberto Micheletti's government, which came to power via a Sunday coup.

    "I do not abide by it, by whatever name it may be called, because I do not recognize the legal legitimacy of those who have sent it," he said of a letter firing him sent by the Micheletti government, which took office on Sunday just hours after soldiers seized President Manuel Zelaya and forced him to board a plane to Costa Rica. Full story

Honduras interim gov't declines to negotiate with OAS

    TEGUCIGALPA, July 1 (Xinhua) -- Honduras' post-coup government will not negotiate with the OAS and allow ousted President Manuel Zelaya to return to office, the interim government said Wednesday.

    "Anyone who has violated the law cannot be reinstated," the newly-appointed foreign minister Enrique Ortez Colindrez told the media. Full story

Interim Honduran president accuses Venezuela of intervening affairs

    TEGUCIGALPA, July 1 (Xinhua) -- Interim Honduran President Roberto Micheletti Wednesday accused Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez of intervening Honduras' affairs.

    "The intervention of the government of Hugo Chavez is clear and definite in the situation that Honduras is experiencing," Micheletti said.   Full story

Honduras president postpones return home after OAS ultimatum

The ousted President of Honduras Manuel Zelaya speaks during a press conference at the UN headquarters in New York, the United States, June 30, 2009. Manuel Zelaya expressed his gratitude toward the international community and tearfully described the last moments in his home country before being thrown onto a plane and whisked away. (Xinhua/Gu Xinrong)

The ousted President of Honduras Manuel Zelaya speaks during a press conference at the UN headquarters in New York, the United States, June 30, 2009. Manuel Zelaya expressed his gratitude toward the international community and tearfully described the last moments in his home country before being thrown onto a plane and whisked away. (Xinhua/Gu Xinrong)
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     WASHINGTON, July 1 (Xinhua) -- Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya said here on Wednesday that he would postpone his plan to return home after the Organization of American States (OAS) gave the country an ultimatum to restore him to power.  Full story

Coup-deposed Honduran president vows to return despite arrest warrant

    TEGUCIGALPA, June 30 (Xinhua) -- The deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya on Tuesday vowed to return to the country despite an arrest threat that could put him in jail for 20 years.

    Zelaya has won wide international supports, and he will make a high-profile comeback flanked by the president of the UN General Assembly, the secretary-general of the Organization of American States (OAS) and presidents of Argentina and Ecuador on a flight to Honduras on Thursday.   Full story

General Assembly condemns military coup in Honduras

    UNITED NATIONS, June 30 (Xinhua) -- The UN General Assembly on Tuesday adopted a resolution to condemn the military coup in Honduras and demand the immediate restoration of the government of ousted President Manuel Zelaya.

    The resolution also asked all the countries not to recognize the military regime that took power by force.  Full story

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