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EU ambassadors leave Honduras

AP AND AFP , TEGUCIGALPA AND STOCKHOLM

Sweden’s foreign minister said all EU ambassadors have been recalled from Honduras after Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was ousted in a coup.

Carl Bildt, whose country holds the EU presidency, wrote on his blog yesterday that “all EU ambassadors have now left the country.”

Bildt wrote there is still uncertainty about events in Honduras after the coup and the EU is debating how best to push for “a quick return to full constitutional rule.”

The UN, the Organization of American States (OAS), the US and others have condemned the military coup that ousted Zelaya on Sunday.

Coup leaders in Honduras vowed that ousted Zelaya would “never return to power” despite mounting international pressure.

The OAS threatened Honduras with suspension if it did not restore Zelaya to power in 72 hours, but interim Honduran president Roberto Micheletti said: “We can’t negotiate anything.”

Zelaya had vowed to return to Honduras yesterday, but instead choose to bide his time in Panama where he attended the inauguration of that country’s new president on Wednesday after meeting with US officials in Washington.

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