Sunday, July 5, 2009

Wire: Honduras Says Nicaragua has Troops Moving on Border

Off the Wire

Off the Wire:

WASHINGTON, July 5, 2009 -- Newswire services this evening reported that Honduras' interim President Roberto Micheletti said on Sunday Nicaraguan troops were moving to the mutual frontier and urged Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega to respect Honduran sovereignty.

He gave no further details about troop movements in Nicaragua which shares a border with Honduras to the southeast of the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa, the Reuters news service reported.

His comments came as former President Manuel Zelaya attempted to fly into Honduras a week after he was removed from power by the Honduran Supreme Court on June 28, the day he planned to hold a referendum on a constitutional change that would allow him to seek another term.

Opponents of Zelaya maintain he was overstepping the limits of democracy with his drive to extend the single four-year term of presidents to allow re-election.

Zelaya is a left-wing ally of Ortega and Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, Reuters said.

Several Latin American presidents, including Chavez and his allies in Ecuador and Bolivia, have extended term limits and shattered safeguards that were often written into constitutions after decades of dictatorship in the region.

(Report from newswire sources.)

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