At ALBA representatives’ meeting
The Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States, Bernardo Álvarez Herrera, and the Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the Organization of American States, Roy Chaderton Matos, received Honduran President Manuel Zelaya at the Residence of Ambassador Chaderton, on the occasion of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) representatives’ meeting.
President Zelaya was accompanied by several members of his cabinet, among them Foreign Affairs Minister Patricia Rodas. Also in attendance were Chiefs of Missions from Bolivia, Ecuador, Honduras and Nicaragua; the Charges d'Affaires of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and a representative of the Cuban Interests Section.
The meeting, held on Monday, allowed President Zelaya to thank ALBA nations for being the first to condemn the coup d'etat and for the support of OAS member nations during this difficult time.
President Zelaya said that Honduras is suffering a political-business-military dictatorship, where all powers answer to Micheletti and there is neither freedom nor respect for the rights of citizens. He spoke of dozens of dead and disappeared people.
Zelaya indicated that there are lessons to be learned from the current situation in Honduras, among them, it highlights that democracy is yet to be consolidated on the continent and that the international community lacks coercive mechanisms to confront coups d'etat.
The Honduran president emphasized that he will wait for the development of diplomatic actions, but neither he nor his people will stand for dictatorship or exile.
Permanent Mission of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the OAS, Press Unit of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States / September 1, 2009