Cuba urges condemnation of coup d’état in Honduras

HAVANA, June 28 (PL). — Cuba today urged international organizations and Honduran public opinion to condemn the coup d’état taking place in that Central American country.

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla called on the United Nations, the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the Rio Group and the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) to demand respect for constitutional guarantees in Honduras.

Cuba considers the coup d’état taking place in that country to be brutal and criminal, and demands the restoration to office of President Manuel Zelaya, and demands guaranteed protection of the life of Foreign Minister Patricia Rodas.

“I denounce the criminal and brutal character of this coup d’état,” Rodríguez Parrilla said in a press conference.

The Cuban minister of foreign affairs also urged the Honduran armed forces to protect the life of their Foreign Minister, Patricia Rodas, whose whereabouts were unknown shortly after midday.

Rodas had been with the ambassadors of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua at about 10 a.m. local time in Honduras when Major Oceguera of the armed forces tried to convince her to leave Honduras, the Cuban foreign minister said.

However, a group of about 15 soldiers wearing ski masks broke into the place where they were and took the diplomats and the foreign minister to the Tegucigalpa air base, according to Juan Carlos Hernández, Cuban ambassador in Honduras, who spoke via telephone.

Hernández emphasized that they were pushed and beaten by the soldiers, who took away their cell phones.

Rodríguez, for his part, called on international public opinion, and the Honduran armed forces — especially its honorable and honest officers — to respect the life of Rodas.

The soldiers who kidnapped Rodas violated international law and the Vienna Convention, the Cuban foreign minister noted, and they acted in the manner of the most cruel and violent Latin American dictatorships of the past.

Likewise, he called for dignity and adhesion to freedom and the Constitution on the part of Honduran political parties and the Congress.

Translated by Granma International

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