No progress in Honduras

Threat of civil war looms after crisis talks break down

Crisis talks in Honduras have broken down after two days. The interim government will not agree to “the legitimate restitution” of ousted President Manual Zelaya. And representatives of Mr. Zelaya say they’re done talking with the opposing regime. The week’s mediations were led by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, who met with both parties to present a seven-point proposal. That proposal mandated Zelaya’s return to the presidency, but also provided safeguards for interim government supporters – including amnesty for all political crimes committed before and after the June 28 coup. Zelaya was forced into exile on June 28 after the military overthrew his government. “The Zelaya delegation fully accepted my proposal, but not that of the [interim President] Don Roberto Micheletti,” Arias explained. He urged for both sides to resume talks in three days, or risk “a civil war and bloodshed that the Honduran people do not deserve.”

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