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Saturday, July 4, 2009
US Must Forgo Honduras Coup, Ortega
Managua, Jul 4.- Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega called on the White House to hold firm against Honduras coup.
Ortega recalled that after two months as president, Barack Obama suspended all form of cooperation with the de facto government in Madagascar. The least we can expect of Obama is to act with the same firmness now, he pointed out.
The Sandinista leader told pres that the struggle against the coup continues, seeking the reestablishment of constitutional order through the return of President Manuel Zelaya to complete his mandate.
He added that there is no possible negotiation in the case of Honduras and that in talks with OAS secretary general, Manuel Insulza, he said that he was not confident that any arrangement could be made with the perpetrators of the coup and only hopes for restitution of Zelaya.
He explained that after his visit to Honduras Insulza will return to Washington to an extraordinary meeting of the OAS today where he will make a report.
If the authors of the coup abandon their position and re-establish constitutional order there will be no punishments, Ortega explained but if there is no solution the regional organization will decide what sanctions to impose.
Ortega added that he talked with Zelaya after his return from El Salvador where president Mauricio Funes reiterated his support.
He explained that Zelaya decided to return to his country after evaluating the important OAS meeting and his participation in that meeting and later, perhaps on Sunday he will return to Honduras.