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Obama Backs Off on Punishing Honduras

Thursday, 06 Aug 2009 08:35 PM

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The Obama administration is distancing itself from ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya. The administration is not going to impose economic sanctions on Honduras and has yet to even decide whether Zelaya's removal from office constitutes a coup.

The State Department sent a letter to Sen. Richard Lugar, the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, stating that the U.S. still "energetically" opposes Zelaya's June 28 ouster, according to The Wall Street Journal.

But it also slams Zelaya for some things he did that preceded his removal from office, including trying to change Honduras's constitution to potentially stay in power.

Read the full story at WSJ.com.


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