Monday, June 29, 2009

Honduras President Zelaya invited to address UN GA

Honduras' Zelaya invited to address UN Assembly
Mon Jun 29, 2009 1:35pm EDT

UNITED NATIONS, June 29 (Reuters) - U.N. General Assembly President Miguel D'Escoto said on Monday he had invited ousted Honduras President Manuel Zelaya to address the assembly "as soon as possible."

"I have sent a letter to the President of Honduras ... to come to the United Nations and address the General Assembly as soon as possible and give us an updated report on events in his country," D'Escoto said.

D'Escoto, a former foreign minister in the left-wing Sandinista government of Nicaragua in the 1980s, was speaking at an assembly session he had convened to discuss the coup in Honduras.

The Honduran military seized Zelaya and flew him to Costa Rica on Sunday amid a dispute over Zelaya's bid to extend presidential terms in office. (Reporting by Patrick Worsnip, Editing by Sandra Maler)