Clinton Calls Zelaya's Return 'Reckless', Rights Groups Respond
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has
called a move by ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya to cross the
border into his homeland "reckless."
Zelaya briefly crossed the Honduran border on Friday before quickly
returning to neighboring Nicaragua to avoid arrest. The incident
occurred almost a month after the country's military sent him into
The Honduran military is known to be trained by the US military
before Zelaya elected as president in the Latin American state and
ended his country's alliance with Washington, its traditional ally, and
teamed up with Venezuela, Ecuador and other anti-US leftist leaders in
the region.The military has a history of dictating governmental
policies and legislations.
Clinton called the act "reckless", adding that it would not help restore democratic and constitutional order in Honduras.
She also stressed the Obama administration's support for the
proposal put forth by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, which includes
an 11-point plan to reinstate Zelaya and offer amnesty to the leaders
of the coup.
Zelaya, however, said he was forced to act on his own after the
US-backed talks failed to reach an agreement with the coup-installed
government to reinstate him.
The interim government has vowed to arrest him if he tries to return.
Earlier in the day, security forces fired tear gas at dozens of
pro-Zelaya supporters trying to reach the border to greet the president
near the coffee town of El Paraiso.
Several people have reportedly been wounded in the clashes.
According to a Press TV report, the Honduran Army has also imposed
a curfew on the entire district near the Nicaraguan border crossing.
Meanwhile, Mark Weisbort of the Washington-based Center for
Economic and Policy Research told Press TV that Honduras-based human
rights groups are worried that the interim government is adopting a
repressive policy of selective assassination, similar to the one
incorporated in the 1980's.
Some regional leaders believe that the US -- despite its
condemnation of the incident -- was actually behind the June 28
military coup against Zelaya in a bid to undermine the new alliance
formed by socialist heads-of-state in Latin America.