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Chile calls for Zelaya's return to the Honduran presidency

The Chilean government demanded Tuesday the de facto government in Honduras provide guarantees for the physical integrity of ousted president Manuel Zelaya and promptly restore him to power.

Zelaya returned clandestinely to his home country Monday and is now in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, the capital. The de facto government of Roberto Micheletti imposed a curfew, which was to be in effect throughout today, but Zelaya’s followers have been flocking to the Brazilian embassy in his support. The military has dispersed the crowds with tear gas and firearms. There is an unconfirmed number of arrests and wounded.

In a public statement, Chile’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on all stakeholders in the Honduran conflict to maintain calm and avoid the escalation of violence. “We call on all sectors of Honduran society to act with responsibility and prudence, avoiding acts that could generate any kind of disturbance and impede the national reconciliation that the people of Honduras, and the entire continent, so much aspires,” reads the statement.

The Chilean government urged for Zelaya’s return to the presidency and that the parties in conflict sign the San Jose Agreement, crafted by Costa Rican president Oscar Arias to bring an end to the political showdown.

Zelaya was ousted in a coup on June 28.