Cold war in America, says Honduran industry leader

Adolfo Facussé, chairman of the National Association of Industry (ANDI) in Honduras was turned back when arriving to Miami last Saturday, after the US has revoked the visas for a large number of businessmen who have expressed support for the presidential succession in Honduras on June 8th this year. When returning he warned of a “psychological war” and asked Hondurans to stay calm.

Facussé was traveling with his young son, who had a medical appointment in Miami.

Today at the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, the meeting was blocked all morning by the group of Latin American and Caribbean countries, since they were opposed to the presence of the Honduran ambassador Delmer Urbizo, because he views the presidential succession on June 28th as constitutional. The Venezuelan ambassador, representing Honduras’ main cold war enemy president Hugo Chávez, as well as the Dominican Republic, indicated that their position was that Honduras should leave the meeting. When the Honduran ambassador refused, Argentina and Brazil raised it as a question of meeting order, whereupon the chair scheduled the debate for the afternoon.

Honduras is not part of the Human Rights Committee at present, but has as all countries the right to participate in the meetings and in the debate. Since the country has been accused of violating the human rights of citizens after June 28th, ambassador Urbizo chose to exercise that right in order to defend his country in the face of these accusations, something that Honduras’ enemies appear not to like at all.

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