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Honduras crisis talks end in stalemate

RIA Novosti

08:41 09/10/2009 MEXICO CITY, October 9 (RIA Novosti) - Talks on ways to resolve a political crisis in Honduras have ended in deadlock after the interim government refused to reinstate ousted president Manuel Zelaya.

The talks were held in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa on October 7-8 and mediated by the Organization of American States (OAS).

However, despite the lack of results, the OAS mission remains hopeful of a resumption of discussions.

"We are convinced that dialogue will be continued and the sides will overcome the political crisis in Honduras," the mission said in a statement read by Costa Rican Foreign Minister Bruno Stagno.

The talks involved foreign ministers of South American states, representatives of international organizations, as well as delegations representing Zelaya and the de facto government.

Zelaya was bundled out of Honduras on June 28 by the military, acting on instructions from the Supreme Court and parliament, for his efforts to seek an unconstitutional second presidential term. He was flown to Costa Rica. He returned to the country on September 21 and took refuge in the Brazilian Embassy.

The OAS also called on de facto leader Roberto Micheletti, the parliamentary speaker named interim leader, to observe civil rights and to lift a ban on the opposition media.

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



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