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UN Calls on Regional Bloc to Find Peaceful Resolution to Honduran Crisis (VIDEO)

The coup d’état has received widespread condemnation from both within and outside the UN.

Skyline of the capital of Honduras, Tegucigalpa
Skyline of the capital of Honduras, Tegucigalpa, UN PHOTO

(GENEVA) - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his sadness at the deaths that have occurred in Honduras following the ouster of President José Manuel Zelaya Rosales, and called on the Organization of American States (OAS) to find a peaceful resolution to the ongoing crisis.

Mr. Zelaya was ousted by the military on 28 June, hours before a referendum was slated to be held on changing the Honduran constitution. He attempted to fly back to Honduras yesterday, accompanied by General Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto and several regional leaders, but was prevented from landing at the airport in the capital, Tegucigalpa.

At least two people were reportedly killed when soldiers clashed with supporters of the President over the weekend.

“I am very saddened by the loss of lives in the course of these demonstrations,” Mr. Ban told a news conference in Geneva, where he is currently on an official visit.

He said the Honduran authorities “should refrain from using excessive force,” and added that the country’s citizens “should be allowed to express their free will, without being intimidated, without being threatened by physical force.”

He stressed that any unconstitutional change of power is unacceptable, and welcomed the role and the measures taken by the OAS.

“I sincerely hope that [the] OAS at this time will take the necessary leadership role to find a peaceful solution to this issue, whereby the constitutional order can be restored.”

The coup d’état has received widespread condemnation from both within and outside the UN. Last week the General Assembly adopted a resolution deploring the incident, which it stated has “interrupted the democratic and constitutional order and the legitimate exercise of power in Honduras.”

Also last week, a group of independent UN human rights experts voiced serious concern over the situation in the Central American nation and called for the lifting of curbs on fundamental freedoms.

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Jonathan July 10, 2009 2:36 am (Pacific time)

I'm not sure why the US is condemning this coup? After all the Honduran Government is obeying it's own constitution. Imagine our House and Senate impeaching an acting President and that President refusing to leave office. The President would be removed via force. The Honduran Congress asked the national court to intervene and they in turn ordered the military to remove him. Too bad the America sheeple listen to the corporate lie machine (mainstream press).

bill July 7, 2009 5:43 pm (Pacific time)

Why do we want other bunch freedom takers at our door? I believe that the men who took over are the right people ,band all maxist.....

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