Zelaya accuses U.S. of inaction on Honduras coup

Ousted Honduran leader Manuel Zelaya has accused the United States of doing nothing to resolve the political crisis and restore democracy in his country, a Russian press agency  reported on Thursday.

"If the U.S. was really interested in a political solution to the crisis in Honduras, it would be enough for them to wag a disapproving finger for five minutes, and then the de facto government would have reinstated me in two hours," RIA Novosti quoted him as saying in an interview with MVS Radio de Mexico.

He added that the U.S., which accounts for 75% of his country's foreign trade, had enough ways to put economic pressure on Roberto Micheletti's interim government.

Zelaya was bundled out of Honduras on June 28 by the military, acting on instructions from the Supreme Court and parliament, over efforts to seek an unconstitutional second presidential term.

He was flown to Costa Rica, and his place was taken by Micheletti, the parliamentary speaker.

The ousted president secretly returned to the country on September 21 and took refuge in the Brazilian Embassy.

Talks to end the crisis have so far failed even though the sides signed a U.S.-brokered accord, and began to form a national unity and reconciliation government. Zelaya and his supporters later quit the agreement and were not present when Micheletti formed the reconciliation government, saying that their main demand — to reinstate Zelaya ahead of national elections — was not met.

The parliament, however, will gather to vote on Zelaya's reinstatement three days after the country holds presidential elections on November 29.

Many countries and international bodies have warned they would not recognize election results if the Honduran polls are held under the Micheletti presidency. The U.S. and Panama said last week they would recognize the election results.

Source: AFP

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