Argentine President to Accompany Zelaya to Honduras, World Bank Cuts Funding to Rogue Gov’t

From the Washington Post

Argentina’s president and the head of the Organization of American States plan to accompany ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya as he tries to return to his country this week, an Argentine Foreign Ministry source said, in a growing show of support in the hemisphere to restore him to power.

Zelaya was bundled out of office and into exile in Costa Rica in a military coup on Sunday. There has been a tide of international condemnation for the ouster, from U.S. President Barack Obama to the Honduran leader’s leftist allies in Latin America, led by Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez.

In Honduras, pro-Zelaya protesters have clashed in the streets with security forces.

Zelaya said on Monday evening he planned to return to Honduras on Thursday, accompanied by OAS chief Jose Miguel Insulza. The news that Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez also planned to travel with him added to the pressure on the interim leaders of Honduras to back down.

Other Latin American leaders might travel with Zelaya, Fernandez and Insulza, the Argentine source said.

Further piling on the pressure, the World Bank has "paused" all program lending to Honduras following the coup, the bank’s president, Robert Zoellick, said on Tuesday.

"We’re working closely with the OAS (Organization of American States) and looking to the OAS to deal with its handling of the crisis under its democratic charter," Zoellick told reporters in Washington. "In the process we have put a pause with our lending.