"We see this election as a very important step forward for Honduras, and I would like to commend the Honduran people for an election that met international standards of fairness and transparency despite some incidents that were reported here and there."
"[The Honduran people] clearly signaled their desire to move forward with new leadership through their robust participation in Sunday’s elections."
* During the briefing on the Honduran election Valenzuela recognised the coup as a 'coup' rather than using weasel words, such as 'not legal'. This is not significant.
Valenzuela was asked, "Will the United States recognize the new government if the Honduran congress fails to vote to reinstate Zelaya on December 2nd?"
To which he responded, "I would prefer not to deal with hypotheticals on this." Which of course meant 'No'.
Valenzuela was asked, "Is there any chance that the U.S. will not recognize the results of this election?"
To which he responded, "I don’t want to get into hypotheticals." Which also meant 'No'.
Valenzuela was also asked, "So is it not a legitimate concern that by recognizing the election, you could be encouraging further coups?"
To which he responded, "No"