The Houston Chronicle is reporting here that the Honduran Congress has not yet been called into session to act upon the agreement to settle the disagreement over the status of Zelaya.
Congressman Carlos Lara Watson told HRN Radio late Monday that he and other legislative leaders would decide when to submit the measure to the full Congress for debate. He said the leaders also would consult the courts and prosecutors.
Under the U.S.-brokered pact, lawmakers must decide on whether Zelaya should serve the remaining three months of his term, a decision that could end the country’s debilitating, 4-month-old political crisis.
Congressional president Jose Alfredo Saavedra said earlier Monday he would not be rushed despite calls from diplomats not to delay the vote. He said he wanted to consult first with the Supreme Court, which ordered Zelaya’s June 28 ouster.
“Once congressional leaders understand the reach of the pact, once they understand its dynamics, then we’ll decide what path to follow,” Saavedra told HRN radio.
Representatives from the United States, the Organization of American States and a representative from each of the Honduran political parties will constitute a commission to monitor the upcoming elections and set up a “truth” commission.
Analysis. Unfortunately it was the Honduran military that started this problem by taking Zelaya out of the country. Had they just thrown him in prison a lot of this would not be happening. Even so, the military was following orders given to it by the Honduran Supreme Court to enforce the Constitutional provision against any attempt to amend the Constitution outside of the Constitutional process and especially the section that prohibits a President from succeeding himself.
What bothers me is that my government is supporting Zelaya who is also being supported by Danny Ortega and Hugo Chavez. Ortega was in large measure responsible for the Communist insurgencies in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador in the early and middle 1980s. Now Danny O is back with a new money man. Substitute Chavez for Castro and the USSR. Same stuff. Different day.