Pentagon Cuts Ties With Honduras

Central American nation isolated as OAS sets ultimatum
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2009 5:46 AM CDT
Honduras' interim leader, Roberto Micheletti, warned that the only way ousted President Zelaya will return to office is through a foreign invasion.   (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
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(Newser) – As thousands of Hondurans protested yesterday in dueling rallies backing both ousted President Manuel Zelaya and the military-backed government that came to power last weekend, the Central American nation grows further isolated, reports the AP. The Pentagon yesterday suspended joint US-Honduran military operations and the World Bank said it was freezing loans. France, Spain, and other nations have recalled their ambassadors, and Honduras' three neighbors have suspended trade.

Zelaya, currently in Panama, vowed to return to Honduras this weekend, accompanied by the presidents of Argentina and Ecuador and the heads of the OAS and the UN General Assembly. But Roberto Micheletti, the newly installed president, said it would take a foreign invasion to put Zelaya back in power. The OAS has given Micheletti until Saturday to step aside.