Honduran National Resistance Update 10/15
Guess this is turning out to be “video” day.
Discussion of Honduras begins at minute 10:16. A reporter presses Deputy Spokesman, Robert Wood, about what’s going on in Honduras negotiations and what is the US policy on Zelaya’s restitution. Wood gives her the typical “Statespeak” propaganda and the reporter slings it back at him.
Try to overlook the reporters mispronunciation of Zelaya’s name.
Just as I posted this, the transcript became available. You still might want to check out the video to see the reporter who presses back on Wood — she asks the right questions.
Honduras Excerpt from State Department Daily Briefing, Thursday, October 15
“QUESTION: What’s the status of the talks in Honduras? I mean, there seems to be some movement perhaps. And where does the U.S. stand on President Zelaya’s return?
MR. WOOD: Well, let me just say at the beginning here, this is a moment of great opportunity for Hondurans. My understanding is that the two sides have basically reached agreement on most aspects of the San Jose Accords. And so right now, the bottom line is they need to close the deal. And we encourage them to roll up their sleeves, continue their efforts. They’re certainly making progress. But this is a great moment, and they need to seize it. And so that’s where our efforts will be with our other colleagues in the OAS – to encourage the two sides to, as I said, just get to work and make this happen.
QUESTION: But I mean, it doesn’t sound like – I mean, even if you have some interpretation of the San Jose Accords, it doesn’t sound like President Zelaya would return in any meaningful way as president for any length of time. Is that right?
MR. WOOD: Well, look, they’re in the midst of negotiations in dealing with elements such as this one. And they – basically, they’re pretty close to – as I said, to getting this deal closed. And we’re just trying to encourage them – just make the hard decisions and close the deal. But I – it’s really – it wouldn’t be good for me to get into the details of the negotiations while they’re ongoing.
QUESTION: But hasn’t the U.S. kind of backtracked on its demand that President Zelaya return for the remainder of his term?
MR. WOOD: We have not backtracked on our –
QUESTION: So you still think he should return and serve out the full remainder of his term as president?
MR. WOOD: All of those things are being worked out by the negotiators, Elise. And I don’t think it’s good for me right now to talk about – from the podium here about what we think. We want the negotiators – they’re close, let them close the deal so that we can move forward. The Honduran people deserve nothing less. And this has been going on for quite some time, as you well know. And we’ve made very clear what our policy has been with regard to –
QUESTION: Well, you haven’t been really clear about what your policy is —
MR. WOOD: I think we have.
QUESTION: — because one day it’s one thing, and the other day it’s another thing. You said you wouldn’t accept the results of an election unless President Zelaya was returned for the remainder of his term. And now if he returns in some kind of way for, like, some small period of time and then hands over, that’s not really returning for the full length of his term.
MR. WOOD: Well, let’s see what is agreed by the negotiators. President Zelaya, and his designated negotiators are trying to work on these issues right now with the de facto regime. And I just don’t think it would be appropriate for me to start weighing in publicly on what we want to see and what we don’t want to see. Let them work it out, they’re close to a deal. Let’s try to help them make it happen.
QUESTION: On the same subject?
MR. WOOD: Yeah.
QUESTION: How much involvement – how much American involvement is in these negotiations? In theories, the Arias people and the Zelaya people and the Micheletti people, but there must – there is probably some American involvement too. How much is it?
MR. WOOD: Look, when we’re called on to provide advice, that type of thing, from the two sides, we’re certainly there and willing to do that, but this is something that’s being led by the OAS. And the two sides, as I said, have been making great progress. And what we’re trying to do right now, from the U.S. side, is to encourage them to continue because, as I said, we’re close and we want to see this deal happen. And they need to just make those difficult decisions and close the deal, and that’s where we are.
So we’re obviously there to provide whatever type of assistance, advice that we can give right now. But the OAS has the lead on it. The two sides are sitting down trying to work this out. And it’s a positive thing, they’re making progress, and let’s just hope that they can reach the deal and reach it soon.”
After you get to the Telesur website, you will see videos on the upper right part of the webpage. Click on “mas videos” and scroll down a tad and you will see Barahona’s video.
Avi Lewis, husband of Canadian author Naomi Klein, reporting for Faultlines, provides comprehensive and compelling coverage of the Honduras story.