Micheletti: “Cristina disrespected us”
Roberto Micheletti, de facto president of Honduras accused on Tuesday President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of being “rude” towards Honduras, and questioned the Argentine government because “there has disrespect”.
“Argentina is a country of noble people, but their president has been rude with us,” said Micheletti when asked about President Cristina Kirchner’s stance on the Honduran conflict.
“We were treated as if we were a third-rate country.”
“I think the Argentine people don’t like her, but I do respect her as the president of a country of very noble people,” said the de facto president of Honduras, who nonetheless branded Kirchner’s actions as “disrespectful towards a constitutional government.”
Micheletti assured that Crisitina, as well as Felipe Calderón and Lula were aware of the Zelaya’s actions: “Zelaya himself has said that Mexico, Argentina and Brazil knew exactly what he was doing. If Zelaya said this publicly, Cristina Kirchner has to be responsible for such claim or she has to deny it. “
He also considered how Zelaya managed to return to Honduras: “We know he flew from Nicaragua to El Salvador, he then crossed the border with the help of some Hondurans and Venezuelans.” De facto President said that he probably entered like the illegal immigrants do. ”We are not on permanent alert. Who would suspect that was inside a random car?”
Micheletti rejected the allegations of Zelaya about being attacked with tear gas. “We’ve tried to send trained doctors, but they (Zelaya and his followers in the embassy) do not let them enter. Zelaya’s plan is to leave the embassy and then, with his people, take the presidential palace. I completely deny having released gases. He assures that the only time when the threw gases was when they were forced to remove Zelaya’s followers.
He also took the chance to come down on Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s president. “Zelaya is allied to another gentleman who is likewise mentally ill. Chavez advises him to do all this stuff. We don’t want Chavez’ democracy, we don’t want him to insult us anymore.”
“This wasn’t a coup but a constitutional succession” said Micheletti and he assured that they will run for the November 29 elections. “We did what we had to to defend democracy,” he said referring to the coup.
In conclusion, Micheletti confirmed that he has sent a dialogue committee to the embassy, but before that Zelaya has to accept November 29 elections and go to court for the “crimes he has committed.”