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Magda Hassan
11-16-2009, 10:30 AM

Radio Netherlands
November 15, 2009

Ortega accuses Dutch MEP of coup plans

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega says Dutch MEP Hans van Baalen was in Nicaragua to see how the army felt about attempting a coup d´état, but found no officers willing to go along with the idea.

This is the Nicaraguan President's explanation for the diplomatic row which has arisen since a visit by the MEP.

The European Union parliamentarian was supposedly deported from the country last week, but only heard about it when he was leaving anyway.
The conservative VVD MEP is on a tour of Central America as the president of the world federation of liberal and democratic parties, Liberal International.

He is currently in Honduras, where he is trying to mediate in the political conflict between ousted President Manuel Zelaya and his de facto successor Roberto Micheletti.