Brazil names new ambassador to Honduras
RIO DE JANEIRO, Sep 30, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
Brazil's Foreign Ministry
announced on Wednesday that the country will have a new ambassador
in Honduras soon.
The new ambassador, Mario Roiter, will replace Brian Michael
Fraser Neele, who will be relocated to Antigua and Barbuda. Roiter
previously served in the Brazilian embassy in Kuwait.
The ministry said the change is not related to the recent
crisis in Honduras, but is due to the expiry of Ambassador Neele's
tenure. Neele was on vacation in Brazil when Honduran President
Manuel Zelaya was deposed in late June, and did not return to his
post since then.
Brazil and Honduras have been locked in a political impasse
since Sept. 21, when Zelaya began taking refuge in the Brazilian
embassy in Tegucigalpa after returning to Honduras.
Since then, the de facto government of Roberto Micheletti has
been pressuring Brazil into handing out Zelaya. The embassy's
phone lines were cut, as were power and water supplies. The
embassy building is under siege.
Last week, two people died during clashes between protesters
Brazil opposed the coup in Honduras since the beginning.
Besides pulling out its ambassador, the Brazilian government also
suspended the visa waiver agreement and several cooperation
programs with Honduras.
The Foreign Ministry said Ambassador Roiter will not take
office until the Honduran crisis is solved since sending back an
ambassador could give the wrong impression that Brazil recognizes
the current Honduran government.
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