Ousted Honduran President To Meet With Hillary Clinton
By Dolores M. Bernal, NEWS JUNKIE POST
After being denied entry into his own country on Sunday, the deposed Honduran President, Manuel Zelaya, will continue to seek help from the U.S. State Department.
Zelaya’s plane wasn’t allowed to land on Sunday, as he attempted to return to Honduras and be reinstated as president of the Central American country. But military tanks and armed soldiers blocked the runway and told Zelaya’s plane to turn around. The orders came from the de facto interim leader of the country, the Italian, Roberto Micheletti.
All other Central American countries have suspended trade with Honduras as an effort to isolate Micheletti’s government. On Sunday the Organization of American States (OAS) went a step further and suspended Honduras from the organization.
Both President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have been very vocal in condemning Zelaya’s coup d’etat. The U.S. has been cooperative in the efforts by the OAS to help in Zelaya’s return, though neither Clinton nor Obama have spoken to anyone from the de facto government directly. Still, U.S. officials maintain directly or indirectly that Micheletti must let Zelaya finish his term regardless of the reasons why he was ousted two weeks ago.
“We once again call upon the de facto regime and all actors in Honduras to refrain from all acts of violence and seek a peaceful, constitutional, and lasting solution to the serious divisions in that country through dialogue,” said U.S. State Department spokesperson, Ian Kelly on Monday. “Similarly, we call on all OAS member-states to act individually and collectively in a manner that protects and enhances the well-being of the Honduran people by ensuring continued outreach to Honduran civil society, maintaining the effective flow of humanitarian assistance, and rejecting the incitement and use of violence to effect political change.”
Zelaya is expected to return to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday after spending Sunday and Monday in El Salvador. According to La Prensa Grafica, Zelaya will meet with Hillary Clinton to talk about what’s next for him and the role the U.S. will play to restore order in the region.
Meanwhile, Hondurans continue to be subjected to Martial Law and under the close eye of military forces. Sunday’s violent riots that erupted after Zelaya’s plane was ordered to turn around were quelled by soldiers and police, but resulted in many injuries and one person being killed by a gunshot to the head.
TV news coverage of Sunday’s violence in Honduras