HONDURAN NATIONAL RESISTANCE UPDATE 10/6
>Lula Says Micheletti Should Step Down in Return for Amnesty!
Hand back power, Lula tells Honduras coup leaders
Posted : Tue, 06 Oct 2009 12:47:17 GMT
Stockholm – Honduras coup leader Roberto Micheletti should step down immediately in return for an amnesty, Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Tuesday. “For us the solution will be easy if those that participated in the coup leave power and allow the legitimately elected president to take power,” Lula told journalists at a summit with European Union leaders in Stockholm.
If Micheletti “leaves and allows (ousted president Manuel) Zelaya to call elections there will be an amnesty, because we want Honduras to live well,” he said.
Micheletti took power in a coup on June 28.
Zelaya is currently in hiding in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, while Micheletti’s regime is coming under increasing international pressure with the impending arrival of a high-level mission from the Organization of American States.
But Lula stressed that Honduras could solve the problem instantly if the coup leaders returned Zelaya to power.
“There is only one thing wrong in Honduras, there’s someone in the presidency that shouldnt be there,” he said. “
>US working to resolve crisis in Honduras: Clinton
“We’re working very hard to reach a conclusion in Honduras that will permit the elections to go forward, ” Clinton said in an interview with CNN.”
(AFP) – 8 hours ago
WASHINGTON — The United States wants to see the political crisis in Honduras resolved and the country returned to the path of democracy, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.
“We’re working very hard to reach a conclusion in Honduras that will permit the elections to go forward, ” Clinton said in an interview with CNN.
She reiterated that Washington backed a Costa Rican-brokered plan that called for reinstating ousted President Manuel Zelaya followed by elections.
Such an approach would hopefully “get Honduras back on the path to a more sustainable democracy,” Clinton said.
“The people in Honduras deserve that. They really have struggled hard to get to where they were before there was the disruption and the exiling of President Zelaya,” she said.
Clinton was speaking in a joint interview with another cabinet member, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, that was taped Monday evening and was due to be aired Tuesday on CNN.
The top US diplomat said the administration was seeking to engage with governments in Latin America as the region had seen a worrying drift away from human rights and a rising hostility to the United States.
“There has been a pulling away from democracy, from human rights, from the kind of partnership that we would want with our neighbors,” she said.
The US stance on the coup in Honduras had surprised some Latin American states skeptical of Washington, she said.
“So in Honduras, we’re standing for the principle of democratic and constitutional order.
“And we have done that, I think, much to the amazement of many of the very leaders you’re talking about who have become increasingly anti-American in their actions and their messages,” she said.
Soldiers ousted Zelaya amid a dispute with the country’s elite over his plans to change the constitution, which many saw as a bid to seek a second term.
Zelaya’s return to Honduras September 21 has set off a tense confrontation in Tegucigalpa between his supporters and the de facto regime that threw him out of the country three months ago.
The country’s de facto leader, Roberto Micheletti, insists he heads a transitional administration which seeks to hold presidential elections on November 29 as scheduled to determine Zelaya’s successor.”
>US State Department – Daily Briefing
Mon, 05 Oct 2009 15:49:34 -0500
Daily Press Briefing
October 5, 2009
MR. KELLY: Dave⒠s got one question.
QUESTION: Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen, ranking Republican on the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House, is going to meet Micheletti, the de facto president of Honduras. Can we assume that that comes against the wishes of the Administration?
MR. KELLY: Well, I mean, it⒠s not for us to tell members of Congress what to do. I mean, you probably saw over the weekend that Senator DeMint went to Tegucigalpa on ⒠ I guess it was on Friday, and along with Representative Roskam ⒠ Representatives Roskam, Lamborn, and Shock. They met with members of de facto regime, the Supreme Court, the Supreme Election Tribunal, and also with some members of civil society. Those meetings were arranged directly with the de facto regime. The U.S. Embassy did not set them up.
And I would imagine it would be the same thing for Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen too. We do provide logistical support, as we always do, for visiting members of Congress in terms of transportation and security protection and things like that. But we didn⒠t have involvement in setting up these meetings.
QUESTION: In general, do you take the dim view of actions that would seem to convey recognition on Micheletti?
MR. KELLY: Well, you know what our policy is. And the policy of the Executive Branch is that we don⒠t recognize the de facto regime down there. But our focus is on coming to a resolution of this conflict between the duly elected President Zelaya and this de facto regime. So that⒠s where our focus is. There⒠s a OAS mission that⒠s scheduled to arrive there on the 7th. And this is all part of, as I say, where our focus is ⒠ trying to find a negotiated solution.
QUESTION: So the Embassy did provide these visiting lawmakers with transport ⒠ they picked them up at the airport and —
MR. KELLY: That⒠s my understanding.
QUESTION: — ferried them around town?
MR. KELLY: Yeah. Mm-hmm.
QUESTION: So they drove them to these meetings?
MR. KELLY: (Laughter.) Where are you going with this, Matt?
QUESTION: I⒠m just curious.
MR. KELLY: I believe so. That⒠s my understanding.
QUESTION: But on the idea that you⒠re continuing to call for a negotiated solution, we really don⒠t hear that much about the call for President Zelaya to return to finish out his term. I mean, is that still your position?
MR. KELLY: Absolutely.
QUESTION: For the remainder of his term? Or isn⒠t it true that you⒠re trying to find a way where he can come in for like, five minutes and then get —
MR. KELLY: Well, I don⒠t know. The leading role is the OAS here. And our position has been unwavering that we support the return of the democratically elected president.
QUESTION: For the remainder of his full term?
MR. KELLY: You know ⒠
QUESTION: That was your position about a month ago.
MR. KELLY: Well, I don⒠t know if it was our position. But we support the OAS effort in this regard. And the O ⒠ and there is unanimous opinion among the OAS as well that we need to restore the constitutionally, democratically elected president.
QUESTION: But not for the full term, though.
MR. KELLY: Well, that⒠s all being worked out. I would assume it⒠s the full term, but it⒠s an OAS issue next.
QUESTION: Thank you.
(The briefing was concluded at 1:54 p.m.)
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>Zelaya sets preconditions for talks
Mon, 05 Oct 2009 10:50:53 GMT
Ousted President Manuel Zelaya gives preconditions for talks with the de facto Honduran regime.
Deposed President Manuel Zelaya says he will negotiate with the Honduran regime only when civil liberties are restored and the siege of the Brazilian embassy is lifted.
Zelaya, who was forced out of his country in June, lay a new set of preconditions for problem-solving talks with the military-supported interim government led by Roberto Micheletti.
According to the ousted president, the interim government should restore civil liberties and reopen two pro-Zelaya broadcast stations that has been occupied in recent months.
Zelaya also called for an end to the siege on the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa — where his has taken refuge since his surprise return on September 21.
Separately, in a telephone call Zelaya urged some 300 supporters to “peacefully demonstrate” against the regime on Monday.
Juan Barahona, the leader of the pro-Zelaya Resistance Front, vowed to defy demonstration bans. “We are not going to stay at our homes … they want to lock us up and have failed to do that,” he said.
The developments come after Micheletti agreed to resume negotiations this week in order to end the crisis that erupted after the June 28 military Coup d’etat , in which Zelaya was ousted at gunpoint and kicked out of the country in his nightshirt. “
>The Associated Press: Ousted Honduran leader dismisses decree decision
>Washington Plays Both Sides on Honduran Coup
Written by Laura Carlsen
Monday, 05 October 2009
Havana. October 5, 2009
Murder of two members of the Honduran resistance condemned
TEGUCIGALPA, October 4.⒠”The Honduran resistance and human rights organizations have condemned the murder of teacher Mario Contreras, vice principal of the Abelardo Fortín Institute, and Lenca leader Antonio Leiva, two members of the resistance allegedly killed by hired assassins.
According to a preliminary report from the Committee of Relatives of Disappeared Detainees in Honduras (COFADEH), Contreras was shot twice in the face 100m from his home by two unknown men on a motorcycle. He was taken to hospital but died shortly after arriving, Telesur reports.
The Center for the Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture and their Families (CPTRT) affirmed that “according to witness statements provided by relatives, it is presumed that the attacks were perpetrated by hired killers, given that none of the victim⒠s belongings were missing, ruling out the possibility of robbery.”
Another member of the resistance front, Lenca leader Antonio Leiva, was also found dead in Santa Bárbara, in the west of the country. According to sources close to the victim, he was kidnapped in the morning and his body was discovered in the afternoon in a village in the area.
COFADEH President Berta Oliva informed the international media that several opposition leaders have received anonymous death threats and her organization fears for their safety.
Among those threatened, she mentioned presidential candidate Carlos Reyes, agricultural leader Rafael Alegría, labor leader Juan Barahona, left-wing Deputy Silvia Ayala and human rights activist Andrés Pavón.
Translated by Granma International
>Anti-Coup Resistance on Day 100
Tegucigalpa, Oct 5 – The peaceful resistance against the military coup in Honduras has reached Monday its 100th consecutive days of protests and its leaders ratified they will continue until achieving restitution of democracy.
Popular protests started two hours after the June 28 military coup against President Manuel Zelaya, when thousands of people went to support him in front of the Presidential Palace.
Some minutes before a brutal military and police repression to dislodge them, the creation of the National Front against the coup d’Etat was announced on June 29. This huge alliance has led grass-roots’ struggle against the putschists.
The leadership of the Front stated during an assembly held on Sunday in this capital that people’s mobilization will continue until the restoration of constitutional order and restitution of President Zelaya.
The Front’s another objective is to call for a national constituent assembly that draws up a Constitution to establish equity and justice in the country.
The Front also agreed Sunday to stage a new rally in front of the US embassy in Tegucigalpa, despite the state of siege decreed by the de facto government 10 days ago.
The prolonged anti-coup resistance takes place prior the arrival in Honduras of a mission from the Organization of American States’ countries, to negotiate between the parties in conflicts.”
>Hondurans to rally after protest ban lifted
Last Updated: Tuesday, October 6, 2009 | 9:16 AM ET
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