Responses to the Coup d'etat in Honduras on Sunday June 28, with special emphasis on producing English-language versions of commentaries by Honduran scholars and editorial writers and addressing the confusion encouraged by lack of basic knowledge about Honduras.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Brazil and Argentina will not recognize elections

A report carried by Xinhua news, datelined today in Brasilia, quotes a joint statement by Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva and Argentine president Cristina Kirchner.

They called for the immediate restoral of President Zelaya, with Lula quoted as saying that "the common position of
all Latin American and Caribbean countries" agrees with the position he articulated for himself and President Kirchner:

We demand the immediate restitution of president Manuel Zelaya. On the contrary, the elections to be held on Nov. 29 will not be recognized and a very dangerous precedent will be set.

In light of the restatement today of the unchanged US position, this statement draws a very clear distinction between Brazil, which will emerge from this crisis with enhanced regional standing, and the US, which will emerge... well, not so much.

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