Brazilian, Argentine presidents not to recognize elections in Honduras

10:06, November 19, 2009      

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Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva and his Argentine counterpart Cristina Kirchner said on Wednesday that they would not recognize the results of the elections to be organized by the post-coup de facto government in Honduras.

The two had a working meeting in Brasilia and issued a joint statement afterward.

Da Silva and Kirchner said that Jose Manuel Zelaya, the Honduran president ousted in the June political-military coup, should be restituted to his function so that constitutional order and democracy is reestablished in the country.

"We demand the immediate restitution of president Manuel Zelaya. On the contrary, the elections to be held on Nov. 29 will not be recognized and a very dangerous precedent will be set," said Lula in his speech.

The Brazilian president added that this is the common position of all Latin American and Caribbean countries.

An appeal has been made on the de facto Honduran government to stop hostile actions toward the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa, where president Zelaya has been sheltered.

Source: Xinhua
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