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Brazil calls for stronger U.S. action on Honduras
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14:23, August 22, 2009

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Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva called U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday, in a bid to ask for a stronger U.S. action on the Honduran issue, local media reported.

According to Lula, a less tolerant attitude from the United States would not only facilitate the return of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya to his position but also contribute to improve the U.S. relations with South America.

"The President said that this is not about the U.S. interfering in Honduras," said Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim.

However, according to Amorim, the United States are in condition to put an adequate amount of pressure over the new Honduran administration since the country's economy is highly dependent on the United States, thus the U.S. attitude may make a difference in the matter.

President Lula also believes that the Organization of American States (OAS) can increase the pressure over the post-coup Honduran government.

According to Amorim, President Obama said that there will be an OAS mission to Honduras in the next few days, after which he and President Lula will evaluate any decisions to be taken.

Zelaya has won wide support from a number of Latin American countries since the June 28 coup that threw him out of office and forced him into exile.

But the day when Zelaya to restore power seems remote as the interim government remains reluctant to compromise under international pressure.

President Lula also suggested a meeting between President Obama and the South American Union countries in order to discuss the U.S.-Colombia military agreement, which has been causing a lot of controversy in the continent. Obama has yet to respond to the proposal.

Source: Xinhua



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