UN Security Council defends inviolability of Brazilian embassy in Honduras
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    UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Friday underlined the observance of international law and the inviolability of the Brazilian embassy in Honduras, where ousted Honduran President Jose Manuel Zelaya has taken refuge with family members since his return to the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa on Monday.

    U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice made the remarks while reading a statement to the press here after the 15-nation Security Council met with Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim.

    The Council members "condemn acts of intimidation against the Brazilian Embassy and call upon the de facto government of Honduras to cease harassing the Brazilian Embassy," the statement said.

    Zelaya faces possible arrest by the country's post-coup leader Roberto Micheletti if he leaves the Brazilian embassy.

    The international community has called for calm as troops loyalto Micheletti continue to surround the embassy and thousands of demonstrators have rallied in support of Zelaya.

    "The Council looks to the regional mediation to continue its work on the larger political question of Honduras," Rice said, adding that she did not anticipate another meeting of the Council.

    Zelaya said on Thursday after talks with the military-backed government that ousted him that there was no possibility of striking a deal, according to reports.

    Brazilian Ambassador to the UN Maria Viotti said in a letter to the Security Council president that the Organization of American States continues to be the appropriate forum wherein a political solution should be found to the situation in Honduras.

    "However, given the measures taken against the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa ... my government is concerned about the safety of President Zelaya and about the security and the physical integrity of the embassy premises and personnel," she added.

    The Brazilian foreign minister told the Security Council on Friday that "since the day it has sheltered President Zelaya at its premises, the Brazilian Embassy has been virtually under siege."

    "It has been submitted to acts of harassment and intimidation by the de facto authorities," the minister said. "Electricity, water supply and phone connections were cut off. Cell phone communications were blocked or interfered with. Disruptive sound equipment was installed in front of the embassy."

    "Access to food was severely restricted. The circulation of official vehicles of the Brazilian Embassy was curtailed," the foreign minister added. "The charged affairs of Brazil has been in practice prevented from moving from the Chancellery to the Residence, since the police informed that anyone who would leave the embassy premises would not be allowed back."

Editor: Yan
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