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Honduran coup leader 'will quit' if Zelaya drops reinstatement bid

RIA Novosti

14:45 08/10/2009 MOSCOW, October 8 (RIA Novosti) - The de facto president of Honduras has said that he is ready to step down if ousted President Manuel Zelaya also gives up his claim to office, the EFE news agency reported on Thursday.

"If I am a hindrance [to the normalization of the situation in Honduras], I will quit," Roberto Micheletti told representatives of the Organization of American States at talks.

However, Zelaya and the Organization of American States mission insist his return to power is a non-negotiable demand.

Zelaya was bundled out of Honduras on June 28 by the military, acting on instructions from the Supreme Court and parliament, over his efforts to seek an unconstitutional second presidential term. He was flown to Costa Rica.

Zelaya returned to the country on September 21 and took refuge in the Brazilian Embassy.

Presidential elections are due to take place in Honduras on November 29.

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