Honduras suspends reception of US ambassador's credentials

In solidarity with the president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, president Zelaya suspended the ceremony that was scheduled for this afternoon.

Friday, September 12, 2008

On Wednesday, Bolivia ordered the American diplomatic mission out of La Paz; they are accused of instigating the violent protests that have shaken the impoverished Andean nation.

The new American representative in Tegucigalpa, Hugo Llorens, was scheduled to arrive at midday and was to be received later in the afternoon by Zelaya. It is not clear if the ambassador would still arrive in Honduras.

"The Government decided to temporarily suspend the acceptance of the letters of credential of the new ambassador in solidarity with Bolivian President, Evo Morales," an anonymous government source said to Reuters.

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