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Canada’s Reaction to Honduran Coup: Update

July 5, 2009

Apparently I’m not the only one who found Peter Kent’s reaction to the removal of Honduran President Zelaya to be somewhat… lacklustre.

From Embassy Magazine:

While the Organization of American States, United Nations and U.S. President Barack Obama have condemned a military coup that has removed Honduras’s president from power, critics and experts are questioning why Canada has not joined the others in calling for the president’s return to power.

… critics have questioned why Mr. Kent did not mention Mr. Zelaya by name, nor did he call for the president to be returned to power. They charge Canada is one of the few, if not the only, international player to not explicitly call for Mr. Zelaya’s return to power.

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  1. corsullivan permalink*
    July 6, 2009 1:47 pm

    I actually appreciate our government’s restraint in this matter, which probably won’t surprise you given my skeptical response to your original post. I don’t think we should be trying to decide who should rule Honduras, or trying to referee their internal political disputes. The people who removed Zelaya from power clearly thought that he was acting illegally himself, and that force was the most expedient way – if not the only way – to stop him. It’s not for Canada to decide whether they were right or wrong about this.

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