Honduras Withdraws World Court Case

Honduras has dropped a top United Nations World Court case in which Brazil was accused of meddling in Honduras’ internal affairs by allowing ousted President Manuel Zelaya to stay at its embassy last year.

The International Court of Justice, widely known as the World Court, said Wednesday that Honduras asked to withdraw the case on April 30th, and the request was granted on May 12th.

The interim administration, headed by then President Roberto Micheletti, filed the case back in October of 2009, while ousted Manuel Zelaya was holed up at the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa. Honduras alleged he was using the embassy “as a platform for political propaganda and thereby threatening the peace and internal public order of Honduras”. Brazil claimed they then viewed Zelaya as Honduras’ lawfully elected president.

Zelaya now lives in the Dominican Republic and is trying to negotiate a reconciliation that recognizes the current Honduran President Porfirio Lobo.

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