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(From Agence France Presse)
The United States said it favored a "peaceful restoration" of the elected government of Sao Tome and Principe, implicitly dismissing the idea of a military intervention after the military takeover of the tiny west African archipelago.
The State Department also said it had not yet made a legal determination as to whether the ouster of president Fradique de Menezes on Wednesday had been a coup d'etat that would require a suspension of most US aid.
"Our emphasis right now is trying to achieve a peaceful restoration of democratic government, and that's what we're working with President Menezes and other diplomats to achieve," …