REMARKS BY ARMY
GENERAL RAUL CASTRO RUZ, PRESIDENT OF THE STATE COUNCIL AND THE COUNCIL
OF MINISTERS OF THE REPUBLIC OF CUBA AT THE SPECIAL SESSION OF LEADERS OF SICA,
ALBA AND THE RIO GROUP ON THE COUP D'ETAT IN HONDURAS.
Distinguished presidents and ministers:
I shall be brief since there are many Heads of State and senior government representatives who will also take the floor.
We have been called
together by an extremely grave and transcendental event for
Our first message to the Honduran people is one of solidarity and encouragement.
The aggression against the political constitutionality of a member country must be unanimously rejected in the strongest terms by the Rio Group.
Indeed, as President Chávez said last night, it is time to act according to our beliefs and to not lose a minute and expose those who express condemnation but later applaud under the table, as has so often been the case in our collective history.
We are of the view that there cannot be any kind of negotiation with the putschists, nor can there be any conditions or demands placed on the legitimate government of President Zelaya.
The conflict between the
aspirations of the people for a better future and the interests of the oligarchy
bent on perpetuating an unjust and unsustainable order is being decided
there. It is a conflict that transcends
the borders of
Let us remember the most
Earlier, it was against Chávez; the double coup, the typical coup d’état and when
the people reacted and restored President Chávez to
his place, the oil coup that cost
And now it is Zelaya in
Just these three examples show how the oligarchies and the external forces keeping them company still have great influence to slow down history.
I wonder what they will do
with Correa in
I have only mentioned a
handful of countries; I could mention others that belong to ALBA. For that reason the fascist coup against
President Zelaya is an affront to all the peoples and
Also the media that collaborate with the aims of the putschists and bring confusion to the people should be held responsible as accomplices. Fortunately, we could have some news through the crucial work of Telesur. (Applause)
Just as responsible will be the oligarchic groups that attempt to legitimize a criminal act of this magnitude; and the hemisphere’s reactionary sectors that support the transgressors of constitutionality.
The government of the
No coup can survive without
popular support and with the absolute rejection of the Latin American and
To the Honduran people, its peasants and workers; to the professionals and teachers; to the healthcare workers; to the business sector; and to all the sons and daughters of the Homeland of Morazán, I reiterate the Cuban people’s message of solidarity and encouragement along with the commitment that we will be at their side in this battle for justice and dignity.
Thank you very much.