Castro: Restore Honduran Prez, or Expect More Coups

Other Latin American coups will follow from US-trained forces
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2009 2:37 PM CDT
Honduras' President Manuel Zelaya answers questions during a news conference before his ouster.   (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
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(Newser) – President Obama and Fidel Castro finally agree on something: Both think Honduran President Manuel Zelaya should be returned to power, Reuters reports. Writing on the website of a state-run newspaper, Castro warned that if Zelaya’s ouster isn’t overturned, “a wave of coups threatens to sweep many Latin American governments,” which could be left at the mercy of US-trained military forces.

Castro, who hasn’t been seen publicly in 3 years, said Zelaya wants to be reinstated not for power, but because he believes “the right of the people of Latin America to elect their leaders” is being threatened. But unlike Castro, Obama supports the talks in Costa Rica between allies of Zelaya and successor Roberto Micheletti to resolve the crisis.