Honduras Talks Break Down
AP is reporting from Costa Rica the mediated talks to resolve disputed removal of President Zelaya have fallen apart over the issue of Zelaya's return to Honduras to finish out his term. After four days the two sides seem at an impasse. The interim government said it was not acceptable for Zelaya to return.
Costa Rican President Oscar Arias has been mediating discussions in attempts at a gaining peaceful resolution to the forced removal of President Zelaya from Honduras.
"It was not possible to reach a satisfactory agreement. The Zelaya delegation fully accepted my proposal, but not that of Mr. Roberto Micheletti," Arias said, referring to the interim president sworn in by congress after the June 28 coup.
Arias said he will spend the next three days "working much harder to see if we can reach an agreement, because what is the alternative to dialogue?" On Saturday, Arias proposed a plan that would let Zelaya serve out the final months of his term, move up elections by one month to late October, grant a general amnesty and include representatives of the main political parties in a reconciliation government.
The Micheletti government endorsed several of his proposals on Sunday — but his foreign relations secretary, Carlos Lopez, rejected the overall plan, specifically citing the issue of Zelaya's return.
"Dear mediator ... I'm very sorry, but your proposals are unacceptable," Lopez said at a news conference after the talks. Arias' compromise, he added, "interferes with Honduran internal affairs."
The interim government offered instead to create a truth commission to "let the Honduran people and the international community see all the acts that led to the current situation," according to a letter signed by Lopez. It refused to budge on its insistence that Zelaya would be arrested and prosecuted if he returns, guaranteeing only that he would be given "due process."
Lopez told CNN en Espanol that his delegation would return to the Costa Rican capital on Wednesday "to continue our conversations."
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