Honduras Casts Shadow Over OAS Meeting
Posted on Jun 6, 2010
It’s been almost a year since the coup that ousted leftist leader Manuel Zelaya in Honduras, but disagreement over the legitimacy of the new government there continues as leaders of the Organization of American States gather in Peru.
The U.S., which initially condemned the coup as illegal and anti-democratic, now favors restoring Honduras to the regional body but could find itself on the short end of the stick amid opposition from most other OAS countries. —JCL
The New York Times:
No longer is the ousted Honduran president hiding out in an embassy compound, and no longer is the man who replaced him thumbing his nose at the world.
But a year after one of the most unusual coups in Central American history played out in Honduras, it continues to divide Latin America and pose an unrelenting challenge to the Obama administration’s goals in the region. And despite months of crisis negotiations and halting compromises, the Honduran political standoff will still haunt a meeting of the Organization of American States that opens on Sunday in Peru.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who favors restoring Honduras to the regional body, is likely to encounter vociferous criticism from her counterparts in Latin America who do not yet recognize the new Honduran government.
AP / Kent Gilbert
Former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, ousted in a coup last year, is currently in the Dominican Republic as he weighs his next move.