UN Sees “Bad Turn” to Honduras Crisis

HAVANA TIMES, Sept. 28 – A top UN official said on Monday that it “would be a disaster” if Honduran police and soldiers attack the Brazilian embassy where ousted President Manuel Zelaya is holed up, reported AP from New York.

While de facto leader Roberto Micheletti has said he would not order an attack of the Brazilian embassy, he has also issued a ten-day ultimatum to be followed by “other measures.”

The defiant attitude of the coup leaders – who have not been recognized as legitimate by a single country in the world – is coming to a head with growing protests and increased military repression unfolding.

On Monday, a radio and TV channel were shut down in an attempt by Micheletti’s de facto government to clampdown on any opposition to their rule by force.  In another rebuff to mediation efforts, four OAS representatives were booted from the country shortly after their arrival to seek a solution to the crisis.

UN Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs, B. Lynn Pascoe, said the crisis in Honduras “took a seriously bad turn with the treats on the Brazilian embassy,” reported AP.

“This of course is a very serious problem for all of us.” Pascoe said. “It would be a disaster if any action were taken to violate international law on the inviolability of the embassies.”