U.S. voices deep concern over situation in Honduras
President Barack Obama on Sunday voiced his deep concern about the detention and expulsion of Honduran President Jose Manuel Zelaya by the country's army troops, Xinhua reported.
In a statement, Obama called on all sides in Honduras to respect democratic norms and the rule of law, and that "any existing tensions and disputes must be resolved peacefully through dialogue free from any outside interference."
Zelaya was detained at home by army troops and then sent to Costa Rica Sunday, shortly before a disputed referendum for constitutional change set to start. The constitutional change is expected to allow Zelaya to run for another term.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also issued a statement saying the action against Zelaya "violates the precepts of the Inter-American Democratic charter and should be condemned by all."
She called on all parties in Honduras to respect constitutional order and the rule of law, to reaffirm their democratic vocation, and to commit themselves to resolve political disputes peacefully and through dialogue.
Reports said Honduran Supreme Court has authorized the removal from office of President Zelaya and said the nation's armed force has acted in defense of the rule of law.
Honduras is to hold presidential election in November.