Remarks by Ambassador Rosemary A. DiCarlo, U.S. Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs, on the Situation in Honduras, in the General Assembly Hall

Rosemary A. DiCarlo
U.S. Ambassador 
U.S. Mission to the United Nations 
New York, NY
June 29, 2009




AS DELIVERED

Thank you, Mr. President.

Yesterday, the United States joined our fellow members of the Organization of American States in condemning the coup, arbitrary detention and expulsion of President Zelaya and calling for the full restoration of constitutional order.  We further joined our OAS colleagues in demanding the safe and unconditional return of President Zelaya to Honduras so he can resume his constitutional functions.  As stipulated in yesterday’s resolution passed by the OAS Permanent Council, we refuse to recognize any Government of Honduras other than the constitutionally legitimate government of President Zelaya.    

President Obama yesterday called on all political and social actors in Honduras to respect democratic norms and the rule of law and to resolve any tensions and disputes peacefully, through dialogue free of outside influence.  We will continue our work through the OAS to determine how best to support the Honduran people as they seek to peacefully restore their constitutional government, relying on the Inter-American Charter as a pillar for safeguarding democracy in the Western Hemisphere.

Mr. President, we call on the international community to support the efforts of the OAS. We call on the international community to join together in solidarity with the Honduran people in demanding the peaceful restoration of democracy and constitutional order in Honduras. And we call on the international community to resist any outside interference in this process.

Thank you, Mr. President.

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PRN: 2009/139