The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, saluted the decision of leaders to accompany Manuel Zelaya in his return to Honduras.
Chávez made the statement Wednesday from Caracas during a promotion ceremony for military personnel of the Presidential Honor Guard.
As it stands currently, Zelaya will return to Tegucigalpa this Saturday, accompanied by the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza; the president of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN), Miguel D’Escoto; the president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa; and the president of Argentina, Cristina Fernández.
“I would like to go with them, but I must not out of the utmost prudence. They point to me as the one to blame. The coup-mongers say that they overthrew Zelaya and it was my fault,” said Chávez.
Likewise, he emphasized that the coup d’etat that occurred last Sunday in a Central American nation “is a problem for all of us, because it is the resurgence of the most brutal and bloodthirsty fascism.”
“We are resolved to fight for democracy in Honduras. Until the government of the United Status has pronounced that it favors the return of Zelaya,” recalled Chávez.
Chávez stated that the resolution made in the wee hours of Wednesday morning by the OAS of “the highest caliber”. The OAS resolved to give the de facto government of Honduras 72 hours to hand over power to President Zelaya. If they refuse, Honduras will be expelled from the hemispheric organization.
Bolivarian News Agency, Press Unit of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States / July 2, 2009