Honduras withdraws from OAS. "Political organization not Judge"
Honduras 12:40am, June 3rd
The new President the Republic of Honduras, Roberto Micheletti, announced the withdrawal of Honduras from the Organization of American States “effective immediately” after a brief visit from the secretary general Jose Miguel Insulza.
Insulza has been unrelenting in his persuit in the return of former President Zelaya while refusing to meet any member of the new administration.
The rebuff received a strong response. "The OAS longer exists within Honduras, "despite Honduras has participated in the inter-American system since its infancy in 1889. " Further,"I hereby inform you that (Honduras) as envisaged under Article 143 of the OAS Charter, that this article has been withdrawn, effective immediately," said minister Marta Lorena Alvarado, in reading the letter to Insulza.
President Micheletti stated, “The Government of Honduras, repudiates the claims of imposing unilateral measures and reaffirms its full sovereignty and the right to exercise the rules in accordance with its constitution." and that “The OAS is a political organization, not a court of Justice ".
With such a strong response against the wishes of the OAS, Insulza admitted that little would change in the short term.
During the course of the week there have been massive rallies in support of the new government and it seems Honduras is willing to dig in until the international community chooses to look at the legalities of the case based on the Honduras Constitution.
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