Negotiations making progress for Honduran president Manuel Zelaya to return

October 15, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Exiled at gun point in a dawn coup in June, Honduran negotiators reportedly reached agreement Wednesday on a plan to restore President Manuel Zelaya to office and end the political crisis.

Zelaya, who has been holed up in the Brazilian Embassy since sneaking back into Honduras last month, said Wednesday that the final text of a deal is still being worked out.

“We have agreed in a document on point number six, which relates to the restitution of the powers of state to where they were before June 28, 2009,” Victor Meza, Zelaya’s representative, told a news conference.

Restoring the state to the situation before the coup would imply Zelaya’s return to office, something that had been opposed by Robert Micheletti, the head of the coup-backed interim government.

Micheletti’s office quickly released a statement saying that no definitive agreement had yet been reached and that talks would continue Thursday.

“The dialogue on this point has been cordial and both sides have made important advances,” said a statement from the delegation representing Micheletti, according to news reports.

“There is no final accord on that point,” Micheletti’s office said of Zelaya’s return to the presidency.

Despite the months of acrimony, a new urgency has emerged with the approach of national elections scheduled for Nov. 29, as most governments in the region have warned that the results would not be recognized if the crisis were not resolved.


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