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OAS: Honduras won't reinstate Zelaya

July 4, 2009 at 8:00 AM
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TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, July 4 (UPI) -- The Organization of American States says there's little chance Honduran leaders will allow ousted President Jose Manuel Zelaya to return to power.

OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza told reporters in Tegucigalpa Friday that his interviews with members of the country's Supreme Court and others turned up little willingness to heed international demands that Zelaya be reinstated to office, CNN reported.

"They have, for the moment, no intention of reversing the situation," Insulza said, rejecting assertions by the country's interim leaders that Zelaya's fate was not in fact a coup d'etat.

"I don't know what else you would call it when a group of military take a president out of power and sends him to another country," he said.

Honduras' deputy foreign minister Marta Lorena Alvarado said the country was willing to withdraw from the OAS, telling CNN, "If the Organization of American States doesn't deem Honduras worthy of membership of the Organization of American States, then Honduras would renounce, with immediate effect, the inter-American charter."

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