28 June 2009

Chavez Says Honduras Coup Will Fail, Vows Assistance

By Nathan Gill and Andres R. Martinez
     June 28 (Bloomberg) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said a military coup in Honduras is “destined to fail” and that his nation’s armed forces are ready to help return President Manuel Zelaya to power.
     Chavez, joined by Zelaya and the presidents of Ecuador, Nicaragua and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, spoke today to about fifty supporters in a convention center in Managua. He clarified later in his speech that Venezuela would “never invade” Honduras.
     Newly appointed president Roberto Micheletti called on other nations to respect the Honduras government’s decision to oust Zelaya.
     “I believe that no one like Barack Obama, much less Hugo Chavez, has the right to intervene militarily in our country,” Micheletti said today at a press conference in Tegucigalpa.