PINAR DEL RIO


support babalú


Your donations help fund
our continued operation

do you babalú?

what they’re saying


bestlatinosmall.jpg

quotes.gif

activism


ozt_bilingual


buclbanner

recommended reading





babalú features





recent comments


  • Humberto Fontova: Le ZZZUMBA!!! (not the suicide rate–but the accolades to Castrosim from “The Best and Brightest”...

  • asombra: Brazil and Castro, Inc. are partners in keeping Cuba under totalitarian tyranny and in screwing over the Cuban people....

  • asombra: And I’m sorry, but “Yoaxis” and “Yordanis”? Yikes.

  • asombra: Carlos, you mean some Protestants, because the “official” ones have long been in the regime’s pocket.

  • asombra: Taking the NYT for naive IS naive. The NYT knows exactly what it’s doing–it’s been at it for over 50 years.

search babalu

babalú archives

frequent topics


elsewhere on the net



realclearworld

Ros-Lehtinen Concerned by Reported State Department Pressure on Honduras to Absolve Zelaya

irlhfac

NEWS

House Foreign Affairs Committee

U.S. House of Representatives

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman

For IMMEDIATE Release

Ros-Lehtinen Concerned by Reported State Department Pressure on Honduras to Absolve Zelaya

(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sent a letter yesterday to Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Arturo Valenzuela, expressing grave concern regarding reported efforts by U.S. officials to pressure the Honduran government to ignore Honduran rule of law in order to absolve former President Manuel Zelaya of criminal charges he is facing.  Full text of the letter is as follows:

January 5, 2011

Dr. Arturo Valenzuela

Assistant SecretaryBureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs

U.S. Department of State

2201 C Street, NW

Washington, D.C. 20520

Dear Secretary Valenzuela:

I am gravely concerned by reports I have received regarding efforts by U.S. officials to pressure the Government of Honduras to absolve former President Manuel Zelaya of the criminal charges he faces in that country and ask, within all applicable rules and guidelines, that if these reports are accurate, the State Department immediately cease exerting such undue influence over duly elected Honduran government officials acting in accordance with Honduran law.

The government and people of Honduras continue to take important steps to move forward from the political crisis of last year. It is in the interest of the United States to support, rather than interfere, with these efforts and promote Honduras’ complete reintegration into the inter-American system, including full restoration of Honduras’ membership to the Organization of American States.

It is troubling to consider that the importance of the bilateral relationship between the United States and Honduras would be undermined by attempts to coerce the Honduran government to take steps that run counter to its legal and constitutional processes in order to pave the way for Manuel Zelaya to return to Honduras without facing judicial consequences.

With this in mind, I again ask the Administration to immediately cease any efforts being taken to undercut the judicial system in Honduras by pressuring the current government to absolve Zelaya of his crimes and urge the State Department to instead focus on supporting the strengthening of Honduras’ democratic institutions and processes during these pivotal times.

Sincerely,

ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN

Chairman

#####

4 comments to Ros-Lehtinen Concerned by Reported State Department Pressure on Honduras to Absolve Zelaya