Colombian President Uribe “Sympathetic” to Honduras Coup

News from Colombia | on: Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Colombia became the first, and so far only, country in the world to express support for the illegal military coup that occurred in Honduras in early July according to the de-facto Foreign Minister of the new Honduran regime Carlos Lopez Contreras. The Foreign Minister says that in a secret meeting with President Alvaro Uribe on July 20th the Colombian leader expressed his "sympathy" for the new regime even though it is not recognised as legitimate by any other country or the Organisation of American States (OAS).

According to Mr Lopez Contreras he and Uribe met to look at ways to strengthen ties between the two countries adding that Honduras was interested in closer ties with Colombia because both countries are "victims of common external aggressors like Hugo Chavez". Venezuelan President Chavez has been one of the most vocal critics of the overthrow of the democratically elected government of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya in a coup which has also been condemned by the US government and the European Union.

Colombia's Foreign Ministry confirmed that there had been an "informal" meeting with the Hondurans but refused to comment on President Uribe's sympathy for the new regime.

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