August 25, 2009

Mack calls on OAS to respect Honduran rule of law

Press Office
Aug 25 2009
Mack Calls on OAS to Respect Honduran Rule of Law

WASHINGTON – Congressman Connie Mack (FL-14), the Ranking Republican of the House Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, today urged the Organization of American States (OAS) to respect the Honduran Constitution and the rule of law.

Mack’s call comes after an OAS team traveled to Honduras this week to push for the return of former President Manuel Zelaya.

Mack said:

“It is clear that the OAS and Secretary General Jose Insulza are taking orders from Hugo Chavez.

“Chavez will not rest until his friend and fellow thugocrat, Manuel Zelaya, is forced back into power. The Venezuelan leader continues to use the OAS as a tool to overrule the popular will of the Honduran people.

“In what seems to be an attempt to overrule a sovereign nation’s Supreme Court, the OAS team in Honduras is attempting to circumvent the judicial decisions of independent bodies that have already said that Mr. Zelaya cannot return to Honduras as president. The OAS continues to undermine the Honduran Constitution, Honduran judges and the rule of law for the sake of political expediency.

“After silencing Venezuelan judges, Chavez now is trying to silence Honduran judges by using the OAS as his tool.

“I also find it shocking that the Obama Administration has facilitated this mission by providing support in the form of a military plane to the OAS.

“Instead of providing support for a group whose mission is to undercut constitutional authority in Honduras, the Obama Administration should be prepared to assist the people of Honduras in their upcoming presidential elections.

“The Honduran people want to live in freedom, and they seek the same ideals that we have: freedom, security and prosperity. The United States must stand with the Honduran people as they work toward this goal.”
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