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Chávez confirms return of Manuel Zelaya to Honduras

Western Hemisphere
Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez confirmed on Monday the return of his ousted Honduras counterpart Manuel Zelaya to the capital city of the Central American country, but failed to provide any details about his exact whereabouts.

The Venezuelan Head of State claimed to have had a telephone conversation with Zelaya and wife, during which he vowed his support one more time.

"You can count on us. We are surprised to learn that Mel is in Tegucigalpa with you and with the people, and we demand the coupsters of Honduras to respect the president's (Zelaya) dignity, to hand the office over to him," he told Zelaya's wife.

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