Zelaya’s expulsion illegal, says Obama

August 11th, 2009 - 4:05 am ICT by IANS  

Barack Obama Guadalajara (Mexico), Aug 11 (Xinhua) US President Barack Obama has said the expulsion of Honduran president from office was illegal.
Obama made the remarks at a press conference after the two-day Fifth North American Leaders’ Summit that ended here in western Mexico Monday.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon said his country would continue to push for restoration of the democratically elected Honduras President Manuel Zelaya.

Zelaya earlier said the US pressure on the post-coup government has been “lukewarm”.

“It is not about Zelaya per se. It is about defending the rights of Honduras’ people,” Calderon said at the conference.

He added that the Organisation of American States should make efforts to bring an end to the crisis in Honduras that started after soldiers forced Zelaya into exile in Costa Rica June 28.

Calderon said he supported Costa Rican President Oscar Arias’ scheme for restoration of Zelaya that seeks to end the crisis by returning Zelaya to office with limited powers and an amnesty for those who carried out the coup.

Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who also attended the summit, said he supported the “rule of law and democratic government in Honduras”.

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