CaribWorldNews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Mon. June 29, 2009: The U.S. government and The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States are both condemning a coup d`etat in Honduras and demanding the immediate and unconditional return of President José Manuel Zelaya Rosales to his constitutional duties.
Zelaya was arrested by members of his army following a stand-off between his security force and the military on Sunday. Yesterday, he told a Venezuelan television station that he had been moved to Costa Rica, and was sitting in the airport in the capital of San Jose.
Zelaya is the third president to be overthrown by the Honduran military since 1963.
The U.S. yesterday insisted that the action `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,` said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a statement last night.
Like the U.S., the OAS insisted that ` no government arising from this unconstitutional interruption will be recognized. A special session of the OAS General Assembly is set to take place at the headquarters of the Organization, on Tuesday, June 30, 2009, to take whatever decisions it considers appropriate, in accordance with the Charter of the Organization of American States, international law, and the provisions of the Inter-American Democratic Charter.
The Honduran Congress, meanwhile, yesterday named an interim president, Roberto Micheletti, who announced a curfew for Sunday and Monday nights.
Honduras, with a population of 7 million, had been politically stable since the end of military rule in the early 1980s.
Zelaya would have been due to leave office in early 2010 under the country`s constitution.