Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Hillary Clinton criticized at San Pedro Sula

Tue Jun 2, 2009 3:55pm EDT

By John Whitesides

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faced a wave of criticism Tuesday from Latin American leaders demanding Cuba's reentry, over U.S. objections, to the Organization of American States.

At a meeting in Honduras of the 34-member hemispheric group, the United States' refusal to support Cuba's return to the OAS was painted as a dying symbol of U.S. domination in the region.

"We cannot leave San Pedro Sula without correcting that other day that will live in infamy," Honduran President Manuel Zelaya said of the decision to boot Cuba. "It's time to correct that mistake."

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega told a news conference the OAS "was created as an instrument of American political domination and expansionism in Latin America and the Carribean.

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