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Nicaraguan FM Addresses Honduran Political Crisis at UNGA

By VOA News
29 September 2009

Nicaragua's foreign minister, Samuel Santos Lopez, has addressed the political crisis in neighboring Honduras, condemning the removal of President Manuel Zelaya and expressing unconditional support for the deposed government.

Speaking to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Lopez urged the U.N. body to be aware that there are plans to assassinate Mr. Zelaya. He did not elaborate on the alleged plots.

The foreign minister vowed not to recognize the results of what he called "any electoral farce" in Honduras. He called for the establishment of real democracy in the Central American nation.

Separately, the foreign minister of Indonesia, Hassan Wirajuda, promoted democratic reforms during his speech to the U.N. He said the main cause of the world's economic, climate, food and energy crises was a failure to form a system of democratic governance at the global level.

He called for a new spirit of multilateralism and hailed steps taken at the summit of the Group of 20 largest economies to involve developing nations in international decision-making. Indonesia is part of the G20.

Other speakers Tuesday included the foreign ministers of Norway, Grenada and Papua New Guinea, as well as representatives of Moldova and Djibouti.

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