Did the UN find that the Zelaya ouster was legitimate? [Apparently not.]

[UPDATE]: This was just sent to me by a staffer in the UN DPA:

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

The United Nations wishes to clarify that its position, regarding the legality of the removal of President Zelaya in Honduras has been clearly articulated by the General Assembly Resolution 63/301 adopted on 1 July 2009.   This resolution “condemns the coup d’etat in the Republic of Honduras that has interrupted the democratic and constitutional order and the legitimate exercise of power in Honduras.”

A recent Honduran media report appears to refer to an analysis submitted by a consultant as representing the views of the Department of Political Affairs This is highly misleading. The Department of Political Affairs routinely receives reports and analyses of this type from consultants, academics and other experts. But its views are strictly in line with that outlined in the General Assembly Resolution.

The Secretary-General urges the parties in Honduras to avoid distractions at this critical moment in the negotiations and remain focused on arriving at a consensual agreement to end the crisis in Honduras through dialogue.

He continues to strongly support OAS-led efforts to assist the parties in reaching a solution.

Bolding mine.


This report (see Fausta for a roundup and translation links) that the United Nations Department of Political Affairs found that the Honduran government acted constitutionally could be explosive, if true. Emphasis on ‘if:’ the UNDPA has not yet put up a statement or a report verifying the editorial.  I tracked down somebody in that office, and I got the impression that something will be up on the subject; when they let me know what it is, I’ll update this post.

Crossposted to RedState.

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