US announces aid cut off to Honduras

Clinton has decided to cut off a "broad range" of economic aid to Honduras over the June 28 coup that ousted president Manuel Zelaya.

US announces aid cut off to Honduras
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has decided to cut off a "broad range" of economic aid to Honduras over the June 28 coup that ousted president Manuel Zelaya, her spokesman said Thursday.

Clinton, meeting here with Zelaya, recognized the need for strong measures against the de facto regime, which is resisting Costa Rican mediation efforts to end the crisis and restore democratic order, spokesman Ian Kelly said.

The US State Department had said it was ready to take further measures after already halting most visa services in Honduras, revoking visas for the interim regime and suspending 35 million dollars in military aid.

In his statement, Kelly said the State Department has also "identified individual members and supporters of the de facto regime whose visas are in the process of being revoked."

The statement said the State Department "announces the termination of a broad range of assistance to the government of Honduras as a result of the coup d?etat," but did not say how much aid was affected.

It was not immediately clear whether Clinton was "terminating" the 35 million dollars already suspended or whether she was cutting off a larger amount.

Kelly's statement did not say whether the State Department had formally declared the June 28 events to be a military coup, a legal move which would be the trigger for cutting off larger sums of aid.

Under a proposal drawn up by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, Zelaya would return to power but new elections would be held promptly and those who participated in the coup would enjoy an amnesty.

The State Department has said that both interim leader Roberto Micheletti and Zelaya -- who supports the deal -- "would be well advised to sign it promptly."


Reuters
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