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UN Position on Removal of President of Honduras Clearly Articulated by General
Assembly Resolution that Condemned Coup d’État, Says Secretary-General
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The United Nations wishes to clarify that its position, regarding the legality of the removal of President [José Manuel] Zelaya in Honduras has been clearly articulated by the General Assembly resolution 63/301 adopted on 1 July 2009. This resolution “condemns the coup d’état in the Republic of Honduras that has interrupted the democratic and constitutional order and the legitimate exercise of power in Honduras”.
A recent Honduran media report appears to refer to an analysis submitted by a consultant as representing the views of the Department of Political Affairs. This is highly misleading. The Department of Political Affairs routinely receives reports and analyses of this type from consultants, academics and other experts. But its views are strictly in line with that outlined in the General Assembly resolution.
The Secretary-General urges the parties in Honduras to avoid distractions at this critical moment in the negotiations and remain focused on arriving at a consensual agreement to end the crisis in Honduras through dialogue.
He continues to strongly support Organization of American States-led efforts to assist the parties in reaching a solution.
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