July 22, 2009

Fidel Castro Says Honduras Talks Were U.S. Ploy to Buy Time By Matthew Walter, Bloomberg

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By Matthew Walter
Source: Bloomberg

July 22 (Bloomberg) -- Cuba’s former President Fidel Castro said that two rounds of talks to resolve a political crisis in Honduras, mediated by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, were a U.S.-backed ploy to buy time.

Castro repeated accusations that the State Department and the “extreme right” in the U.S. supported the overthrow of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya on June 28. His comments were posted in a reflection today on the Cubadebate.cu Web site.

“The United States government’s calculations were based on the fact that Arias boasts a Nobel Peace Prize,” Castro wrote. “Oscar Arias’s real history indicates that he is a neo-liberal politician, talented and fluid with words, extremely calculating and a loyal ally of the United States.”

Arias ended a second round of talks between Zelaya, an ally of Castro and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, and Honduras’s acting President Roberto Micheletti on July 19. The Costa Rican leader said he would work through today to try to reach a solution to the Honduran crisis.

To contact the reporters on this story: Matthew Walter in Caracas at mwalter4@bloomberg.net

Last Updated: July 22, 2009 11:31 EDT

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