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Brazil’s Lula Again Calls on Honduras President to Step Down

Honduras president Roberto Micheletti Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, president of Brazil, once again reiterated that the Honduras's interim government is illegitimate, and called for de facto president Roberto Micheletti and his administration to step down.

Speaking to reporters in Stockholm, Sweden, the Brazilian president said the crisis in Honduras would be solved if the leaders of the June 28 coup simply left office and returned democratically-elected president Manuel Zelaya to office.

"For us the solution in Honduras is quite simple: those who participated in the coup should leave office and allow the return of President Zelaya so that elections can take place next November, as scheduled and the problem would then have been solved".

"The only difficulty is that there's a president that shouldn't be there." he added standing next to Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, and currently rotating president of EU, and the head of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso.

The Brazilian president visited Stockholm for a summit with EU leaders in anticipation of the Copenhagen climate change conference.

Zelaya has been holed up in the Brazilian embassy since his surprise return to Honduras last month. President Lula said that Zelaya is a "guest" of the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa.

On Monday, interim Honduran President Roberto Micheletti lifted a week-old emergency decree that had restricted civil liberties. The revocation order was expected to take effect when published in the government's official gazette.

Micheletti has been under intense international pressure to negotiate an end to the political crisis stemming from Zelaya's ouster in the June coup. A mission from the Organization of American States is in Honduras for meetings on the political crisis.

The United States and other nations have condemned Zelaya's overthrow. Washington also has revoked the visas of Honduran officials and cut aid to the Central American country.

The de-facto government says Mr. Zelaya was ousted because he was trying to illegally change the constitution to extend his term in office.

Press Freedom

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today welcomed the decision by the de-facto authorities in Honduras to lift an emergency decree imposing restrictions on freedom of expression in the wake of the surprised return of the ousted President.

Koí¯chiro Matsuura, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said that he hoped
the "wise decision" by the de facto government in the Central American country "will bear fruit for the benefit of all Hondurans."

Last week Mr. Matsuura had voiced concern about the decree, which authorized the National Telecommunications Commission to suspend media outlets blamed for broadcasting messages that were hostile to the decisions of the authorities.

UN human rights officials have also spoken out in recent days about the suppression of civil liberties in Honduras in the months following the June ousting of President José Manuel Zelaya in a coup d'
état.

Mr. Zelaya made a surprise return to Honduras on 21 September, and has sought shelter in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, the capital.

Mr. Matsuura said in his statement today that the fact that the restrictions on freedom of expression are being lifted "augurs well for the chance of a peaceful end to tensions in the country.

"Indeed, open and informed debate is an important condition for democracy and good governance," he added.

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  • Forrest Allen Brown

    mvc
    FIRST I USE MY NAME NOT TO HIDE FORM ANY OF YOU

    chaves people took Z to the brazilian embassy where he just walked in and made himself at home .

    chaves new when it would happen and pre informed the embassy before Z landed the gate was open with 2 guards
    at the gate wateing for his car when he pulled up the guards opened the door for him and then closed the gate.
    20 munits later Zwas on the pa talking to his commie buddies from the protection of closed gates and guards .

    the only time brazil moves that fast is when it is told to by chaves or castro and lula
    lulas speach was given just 1 hour after z hit the embassy .

    now learn to read spanish , and go to any paper in houndras and read why they moved him out of office and sent him out of the country instead of puting him on trail , as he has already calld on his people to force the new government out and he said he would not go on trail with this goverment .

    and if you are a brazilian what would you know about leagle and free speach in the same sentence

    and i am a hole lot better

  • mcv

    written by Forrest Allen Brown, October 08, 2009

    Chaves told lula before it was done they booth lied to save face.

    Brazil always tells the US to stay out of other countries business but will step in and do the same when chaves tells them .

    Do you have any legal prove about what you are saying?!!Or you said what you said taking advantage of “free speech’s rights”?!?!If not U R no Better!!

  • Forrest Allen Brown

    no suprise
    Chaves told lula before it was done they booth lied to save face.

    brazil always tells the US to stay out of other countries business but will spet in and do the same when chaves tells them .

    it wa s no take over he was just sent out of the country for doing something illeagle he could be in jail but they sent him out .

    if he is so pure than let him stand trail in hounduras in the brasilian embassy undre your guards till its over than what ever they decide to do you have to do .

    unless you give him citisenship where he cant be deported he can stay in the brasilian embassy for life .
    can any one say get me a beer , yes mr Z we can

    come on lula cry in hounduras for Z just maybe he will be put back in power if you bring a fat bag of cash and a foot ball player with you like you did for the O games ,
    and have fun with that one

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