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House Proceeding 09-08-09 on Sep 8th, 2009 :: 0:48:45 to 0:54:00
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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:48:42 to 0:49:03( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: know that. the president and congress have our work cut out for us. i yield back my remaining time. the speaker pro tempore: ms. ros-lehtinen. without objection. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you so much, madam speaker. i rise today to express concn regarding the most recent strong arm tac

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:48:45 to 0:54:00( Edit History Discussion )
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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:49:04 to 0:49:25( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: the u.s. government to coerce the people of honduras into accepting the return of former president man well salia into power. have some u.s. officials forgotten what democracy really is? democracy does not belong to nor is defined one government. it cannot survive without

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:49:26 to 0:49:47( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: respect for the rule of law. yet this has been forgotten. the u.s. and the international community failed the honduran people and honduran democracy as he violated the constitution and took unilateral actions to extend hizz hold on power. our government said and did

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:49:48 to 0:50:09( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: nothing as democracy came under attack in the months leading up to his removal for -- from office. yet when the honduran supreme court, the attorney general, the national congress, the human rights ombudsman took the necessary steps in accordance with the constitutional tenets,

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:50:10 to 0:50:30( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: then the u.s. and the international community quickly sprung into action to defend him and punish honduran democratic institutions and virtually all of honduran civil society. with no apparent regard for u.s. security or political or economic interest, the united ates is doing all we can to ensure that salias putack

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:50:31 to 0:50:52( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: in charge. the u.s. has terminated millions of dollars in u.s. assistance to the people of honduras. we have stopped critical counternarcotics cooperation, we suspended necessary visa certificate vases. last week the state department declared that the presidential elections to be held in late november in honduras will not

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:50:53 to 0:51:15( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: be returned to power. as the u.s. has been employing its harshest tactics against the honduran government and the honduran people, the u.s. has also at the same time eased restrictions on the cuban dictatorship, pushed for engagement and dialogue with the cuban, syrian, and iranian

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:51:16 to 0:51:36( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: regime, while failing to hold chavez and core raya accountable for the plateant -- blatant violations of the fundamental rights of their citizens. the u.s. has crossed a dangerous throshe hold by announcing as i stated that we will not acknowledge the upcoming honduran elections unless the current democratic

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:51:37 to 0:51:58( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: government of honduras accepts his return to power this. threat not only deliberately ignores the rule of law and checks and balances carefully crafted in the honduran constitution to prevent the rise of tyranny, but it also seeks to replace them with mandates from outside actors who are carrying water for chavez, for castro, for salia

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:51:59 to 0:52:19( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: and the like. the u.s. position undermines the fundamental right of the honduran people to elect their own leaders in multiparty, transparent, democratic elections free from coercion. how our present course of action serves our interest or supports honduran democracy

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:52:20 to 0:52:40( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: remains an important yet unanswered question. elliott abrams currently at the council of foreign relations and a former official with the reagan administration recently wrote, it was salia who wand to mess around with that election and hold a referendum on tt date allowing him to be re-elected in perpetuity just as his mentor, chavez, had done

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:52:41 to 0:53:02( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: in venezuela. and now hondurans want to go back to regular elections, what does the u.s. do? the united states won't allow them to do so. the presidential candidates in honduras, madam speaker, have not changed since salia was removed from office. the dates of the election have not the presidential term has not

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:53:03 to 0:53:23( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: been moved or modified. the supreme electoral tribunal is taking steps to ensure is the most transparent election in honduran history. the u.s. should be assisting rather than undermining the preparations for the upcoming elections to ensure that there is no interference with the democratic electoral process in

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:53:24 to 0:53:45( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: honduras. mary grady of the "wall street journal" wrote, a lot of hondurans believe the u.s. isn't using its brass knuckles to serve their democratic aspirations at all, but quite the opposite. the aspirations of a neighborhood thug. . though some in our country

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

0:53:46 to 0:54:01( Edit History Discussion )

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: believe that being popular among latin america's left wing dictators is the key to a successful u.s. policy in our hemisphere, freedom must be and must remain our driving force. freedom, madam speaker.

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