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Brazil embassy must not be used to instigate violence:Honduras

world Updated: Sep 27, 2009 14:08 IST
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De facto leaders in Honduras today asked Brazil's government to immediately stop offering protection to ousted leader Manuel Zelaya to "instigate violence in Honduras."

"We're asking Brazil's government that Mr Zelaya immediately stop using the protection that Brazil's diplomatic mission gives him to instigate violence in Honduras," said a statement read out on national television.

Zelaya, who has been holed up in the Brazilian embassy for since he made a surprise return almost a week ago, shortly beforehand called on his supporters to gather in the capital for a peaceful "final offencive" tomorrow.

"We're making a patriotic ... call to resistance across all national territory," Zelaya said in a statement, calling on his supporters to march to the capital for a mass gathering Monday, on the three-month anniversary of the coup."

Zelaya said that the regime had not responded a call for dialogue he made after returning to the country, but had replied "with more repression against the people."

"We can't remain silent faced with this barbarity and tragedy that Hondurans are suffering," Zelaya said.

The UN Security Council yesterday warned the de facto authorities not to harass the Brazilian embassy.