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Honduras Coup, Act IV, Day 8/updated with diplospeak translation!

Posted by Charles II on September 28, 2009

Dictatorship silences dissident media
Radio Globo and Channel 36 closed by the dictatorship
(English version)

Wendy Elizabeth Avila. Image from Laura Carlsen's Americas Mexico Blog
(Image from Laura Carlsen’s Ms. Avila, 24 years old, died of pneumonia caused by having been gassed by the dictatorship)

I’m pretty busy today, so please go read:

Laura Carlsen
Honduras Oye
Honduras Coup 2009
Brother John
Al Giordano

and many, many others who have done wonderful work in getting the word out from Honduras. Peace and may God bring good out of all the evil the dictatorship is committing.
In addition to the non-responsive press conference below, Ian Kelly have the following statement:

The United States views with grave concern [translation: plans to take a hard line on] the decree issued by the de facto regime in Honduras suspending fundamental civil and political rights. In response to strong popular opposition, the regime has indicated that it is considering rescinding the decree. We call on the de facto regime to do so immediately.

The freedoms inherent in the suspended rights are inalienable and cannot be limited or restricted without seriously damaging the democratic aspirations [translation: elections will not be recognized if the suspended rights are not restored; but since no timeline specified, when Hell freezes over is ok] of the Honduran people.

At this important moment in Honduran history, we urge all political leaders to commit themselves to a process of dialogue [translation: we aren’t expecting anyone to do anything] that will produce an enduring and peaceful resolution of the current crisis.

We also urge the de facto regime and President Zelaya to make use of the good will and solidarity extended by President Arias of Costa Rica, the Organization of American States, and other members of the international community to help facilitate, within the framework of the San Jose talks, such a resolution.

In this regard, we remind the de facto regime of its obligations under the Vienna Conventions to respect diplomatic premises and personnel, and those under their protection. Abiding by these obligations is a necessary component of the dialogue [translation: if you kill Zelaya, you won’t be able to talk to him] between and among nations, and builds the practices of engagement, tolerance, and understanding necessary for the peaceful resolution of disputes.

This is dishwater when brimstone is required.
Daily Press Baffler from US State Department:

QUESTION: On Honduras – Honduras, do you have anything new on Honduras, this OAS delegation that tried to go into Honduras and were sent back at the airport?

MR. CROWLEY: Well, obviously, we strongly supported the four OAS officials going to Tegucigalpa to engage authorities there. And we obviously – it’s regrettable that three of them were turned away. I think it’s time for the de facto regime to put down the shovel. With every action, they keep on making the hole deeper. It’s time for the de facto regime to move in a more constructive direction. So far, they have failed to do so.

QUESTION: There is some speculation that they are considering closing the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa. Have you anything on this?

MR. CROWLEY: Obviously, as we’ve said over the last several days, going back to last week when the Secretary had her meeting with President Arias, it’s time for the two sides to engage in a meaningful dialogue, for both sides to sign on to the San Jose Accords, and that continues to be our position.

QUESTION: Thank you. Actually going back to Honduras again – this just to clarify. Do you still support the San Jose agreement? It’s still alive, the San Jose agreement? And the second one is —


QUESTION: Yeah. The issue of Honduras will remain at the OAS or it will move to the United Nations? How do you see – what is your position on it?

MR. CROWLEY: I have nothing to forecast in terms of action by the United Nations at this point. I think the OAS is meeting today on this subject in light of activities in recent days. And we continue to support intervention through the OAS, which is why we supported this mission that the de facto regime initially indicated it supported, and then turned back three of the four officials when they arrived in country.

We certainly continue to support the San Jose process as the best mechanism to resolve the situation in Honduras, and we continue to encourage both sides to sign it and then act on it – based on it.

QUESTION: There is no plan B for Honduras in case of —

MR. CROWLEY: I think President Arias last week mentioned that there was no plan B. We still continue to support plan A.

QUESTION: The U.S. representative to the OAS said earlier today that Zelaya’s going back to Honduras had been irresponsible. Can you elaborate on that?

MR. CROWLEY: I recall last week, President Arias saying, well, you know, he’s back. I mean – and that’s our position. He’s there. And to the extent he’s there and there’s the opportunity for dialogue, we certainly hope that both sides will take advantage of that opportunity. And we hope they will do so….

QUESTION: Going back a minute to Honduras, in the weekend there were two things that happened in Honduras. One was that the Honduras Government give 10 days to the Brazilian Government to clarify the situation of Zelaya or, if not, they’re not going to consider that house like a diplomatic official residence. And the second thing, they established 45 days of non-action, like in Spanish called (inaudible) is like there are no movements, no people out to participate in the streets, all the movements are managed by the government. So in all this, we are having an electoral process that is going to be – that has no sense because it’s no participation during 45 days and we are 60 days ahead of this election. So you are saying there is no plan B.

MR. CROWLEY: Well, no, but —

QUESTION: And in 10 days they’re going to go maybe inside that house where Zelaya is there. So what instructions are you giving to the United Nations, to your ambassador or the Security Council maybe, to participate in a better way? There have to be a plan B.

MR. CROWLEY: Well, first of all, we are concerned about the issue of civil rights and human rights in Honduras. It is having a significant impact on the Honduran people. But it’s also the reason why we have said clearly to the de facto regime that because of the environment on the ground, we will not recognize an electoral result as free and fair under the current circumstances. So, in fact, I think the de facto regime was thinking if we just get to late November, get to an election, it will resolve everything. It will not.

So you’re quite right; in order to have a viable electoral process, you have to have freedom of expression, freedom of movement, freedom of assembly. And to the extent that the de facto regime takes that away from the Honduran people, it further will exacerbate the situation, which is why we continue to call on the de facto regime to recognize the San Jose Accords, which, in fact, then calls for appropriate international support for an electoral process, including the introduction of election monitors, so that you can have a process that the Honduran people can believe in. It is one of the reasons why we have met with several of the presidential candidates so that we can further make clear to the de facto regime that under the present circumstances we will not recognize the result.

QUESTION: The delegation of the American Organization of States flew there and they didn’t allow them to get in. Do you think that the U.S. may send the delegation, or there is any contact in these weeks or —

MR. CROWLEY: I think that whatever activities we take for the present time will be done through the OAS.

Ari Fleischer must be grinning from whatever hyena’s den he’s living in.

6 Responses to “Honduras Coup, Act IV, Day 8/updated with diplospeak translation!”

  1. Now they can slaughter at will, with no one to report their actions aside from a few brave souls still talking with people from outfits like Narco News.

  2. And what does “top American diplomat” Lewis Amselem, US ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), have to say? Nothing helpful:

    “A top US diplomat says deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was “irresponsible and foolish” to return before a settlement had been reached.”

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