TEGUCICALPA, Honduras - An increasingly isolated Honduras braced for more protests Wednesday with authorities threatening to immediately arrest ousted President Manuel Zelaya if he dares to return. As tension rose in the Central American nation, unidentified attackers hurled a grenade, which failed to explode, at the Supreme Court late Tuesday.
"We need to show clearly that military coups will not be accepted. We thought we were in an era when military coups were no longer possible in this hemisphere," The Associated Press quoted OAS Secretary-General Jose Miguel Insulza as saying.
Roberto Micheletti, named by Honduras' Congress as the new president, said Tuesday that Zelaya could be met with an arrest warrant. "If he comes back, he will be arrested," said Micheletti in an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pais published on Wednesday, according to an account by Agence France-Presse. "He is facing charges. He has exceeded the constitution and called an illegal referendum. He has not respected a decision by an administrative court which ordered him to not to call the referendum, (which was) illegal from the point of view of the constitution."
The U.N. adopted a resolution calling on all 192 U.N. member states not to recognize any government in Honduras other than Zelaya's. After winning the backing of the U.N. General Assembly for his bid to return to power, Zelaya was expected in Washington Wednesday for meetings with U.S. officials before heading back to Honduras as Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review went to press.
Meanwhile EU nations agreed to have no contact with the post-coup leaders in Honduras, as France followed Spain's lead of recalling its ambassador. At a working group meeting on Latin America, representatives of the 27 European Union nations also agreed to postpone a meeting scheduled for next week with five regional countries, including Honduras.