TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya says a leaked diplomatic document wrongly implies that he acted on behalf of the U.S. during negotiations on lifting Cuba’s suspension from the Organization of American States.
The June 2009 U.S. Embassy memo released by the WikiLeaks website says Zelaya pushed the ALBA bloc of leftist Latin American countries to accept a proposal that Cuba’s return be linked to democratic reform.
It says Zelaya “successfully pressured ALBA to accept our text.”
Zelaya condemned the implication that he was pushing the U.S. agenda, insisting in a statement Monday that his negotiations were “a totally Honduran initiative.”
I think what Mel meant to say was that his negotiations were “a totally Zelayan initiative,” but why quibble over semantics.