Salvadorian president slams visit of Honduras' former post-coup leader

14:33, June 25, 2010      

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El Salvadorian President Mauricio Funes has publicly condemned a group of opposition supporters for inviting Roberto Micheletti, the former post-coup leader of Honduras, to visit El Salvador.

"When I see that among us there are people that recognize and praise a coup leader, I can do nothing but express my most energetic rejection," Funes told a meeting Wednesday night, Salavadorian media reported Thursday.

Micheletti came to office in Honduras after a coup in late May 2009 perpetrated against President Manuel Zelaya, who was kidnapped from his bed and flown to neighboring Costa Rica.

No nation recognized Micheletti's government, but the election the Micheletti regime subsequently organized was recognized as legitimate by the United States and its allies in the region.

Micheletti arrived in El Salvador at the invitation of the Peace and Labour Crusade, an organization linked to the opposition National Republican Alliance (Arena).

During his two-day visit that ended Wednesday, Micheletti was declared an honored guest by Norman Quijano, mayor of capital San Salvador, who is from the Arena party.

"We have a responsibility to the world as a democratic leadership, to seek Honduras' re-entry into multilateral bodies," Funes told the meeting. "As such, we cannot support dictators and violators of institution."

Many Latin American states have not recognized Porfirio Lobo, winner of Honduras' widely criticized October elections. Lobo was not invited to June's Caribbean-Latin American-European Summit meetings organized by Spain's government in Madrid. Zelaya is currently living in the Dominican Republic at the invitation of its government.

Source: Xinhua


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