Spain hails Zelaya's conduct during Honduras crisis

1st November 2009, Comments 0 comments

Spain's foreign minister Saturday praised Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya for his conduct during the country's political crisis, foreign ministry sources said.

Madrid - Spain's foreign minister Saturday praised Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya for his conduct during the country's political crisis, foreign ministry sources said.

They said Miguel Angel Moratinos spoke with Zelaya by telephone Saturday, two days after the deal struck between rival leaders in Honduras to end the four-month crisis.

Moratinos praised Zelaya's conduct during the crisis, and urged him to "remain open to dialogue" and "conclude the political process," for which he would have Spain's "full support."

The accord between Zelaya and de facto leader Roberto Micheletti includes a power-sharing government and a congressional decision on Zelaya's brief reinstatement ahead of presidential polls next month.

But Zelaya, who is holed up in the Brazilian embassy, will have to drop his controversial mission to change the constitution, which his rivals saw as a bid to extend his four-year term, and step aside for the victor of the 29 November poll.

The Spanish government on Friday hailed the deal, which it said would "allow the end of the constitutional crisis in Honduras, opening the way for the restoration of democratic order and constitutional normality which will culminate in elections set for 29 November."

AFP/Expatica

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