TEGUCIGALPA, June 28 (Xinhua) -- Former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya said on Monday that the U.S. government was behind the coup carried out against him on June 28, 2009.
The coup was planned in the military base of Palmerola in central Honduras by the South Commander of the United State "and clumsily executed by bad Honduran people," Zelaya said in a letter.
The "authors of the this crime (the coup) obey to an illegal association of the old hawks of Washington with Honduran people, owners of the capitals and their partners from the North American subsidiaries and financial agencies," he said.
"As long as the current (Honduran) government is not independent and doesn't stop managing this fold of North American interests to clean the coup and get impunity, we should not rest," Zelaya said.
The day one year ago, Zelaya was seized from his bed by soldiers and forced to go into exile in neighboring Costa Rica. He later chose to live in the Dominican Republic after Porfirio Lobo, winner of last October's presidential elections in Honduras, was inaugurated as Honduran president in January.
Zelaya has refused to return to Honduras though Lobo has offered him guarantees for not being persecuted by the justice.