Clinton calls Zelaya move 'reckless'

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling a move by ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya to cross the border briefly into his homeland "reckless."

Zelaya took only a few steps across the border from Nicaragua as he waited for military officials to contact him.

Clinton, at a joint news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki Friday, said: "President Zelaya's effort to reach the border is reckless."

She added that it would not help restore democratic and constitutional order in Honduras.

Zelaya says he was forced to act on his own after U.S.-backed talks failed to reach a negotiated settlement with the coup-installed government to reinstate him. That government has vowed to arrest him if he tries to return.

[Source: AP, Washington, 24Jul09]

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