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Cablegate: Media Reaction: Honduras Elections

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: HONDURAS ELECTIONS

Moving the Line in Honduras

Article in liberal Folha de S. Paulo (11-28) by columnist Clovis
Rossi notes: "....So far, we have stood by, lets' say, the 'good
people' [on the Honduran issue]. It is correct to repudiate a
coup, it is correct to insist that the ousted President return to
power, and it is correct to say that elections, in order to have
legitimacy, cannot be undertaken with an illegitimate government.
I'm the biggest fan of principles.....But to insist on them - and
only on them - when the reality goes in another direction is merely
to mark a stance of what is worth in the academic world, but not
for governments......Insisting in denying the reality
contradicts.....a series of acts and words of President Lula....The
entire truth is that elections were not summoned by the coup
makers; they have always been in place. Neither were the
candidates imposed by the coup makers. They were already in
place....It is time to recognize that the reality is the only
truth."
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