U.S. Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL) today made the following statement regarding the situation in Honduras. On Sunday, Honduran soldiers ousted President Manuel Zelaya and exiled him to Costa Rica.
"The crisis in Honduras stems from the failure of its leaders to live within constitutional boundaries and from the earlier silence of the United States and international community regarding the abuse of power by the Honduran executive. Any disruption of the constitutional order is unacceptable, regardless of who commits it.
"In the current crisis, neither the U.S. nor other countries in the region or the international community should be taking sides in a constitutional dispute, but rather encouraging a resolution through dialogue among Hondurans and by helping Honduras maintain its currently scheduled presidential elections."