Honduras Quits OAS

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2009 1:04 PM CDT
Jose Miguel Insulza, Secretary General the Organization of American States.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Honduras beat the Organization of American States to the punch by quitting the organization today before its membership could be suspended, the New York Times reports. The OAS has been critical of what it calls an illegal coup in Honduras and was to meet today to consider expulsion. Honduras’ perhaps-President Roberto Micheletti condemned the OAS’ “unilateral and indignant resolutions.”

Micheletti also says the OAS is “not a court, and it can’t judge us.” The secretary-general of the organization toured the nation yesterday but did not meet with Micheletti. “We wanted to ask that this situation be reversed,” José Miguel Insulza said. “Unfortunately, one must say that there appears to be no willingness to do this.” No sign yet of ousted Manuel Zelaya, who promised to return to Honduras this weekend.