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Zelaya: Honduran Coup Talks Suspended

By VOA News
17 October 2009

Deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya says talks on ending the stand-off stemming from his ouster have broken down.

Speaking from the Brazilian Embassy in the capital, Tegucigalpa, where he has taken refuge, Mr. Zelaya told reporters the talks are suspended until the other side presents what he called a "reasonable" stance.

A member of Mr. Zelaya's negotiating team, Victor Meza, said the proposal offered by interim President Roberto Micheletti is "completely unacceptable."

That proposal calls for the Honduran Supreme Court to decide whether Mr. Zelaya should be allowed to return to power.

Despite Mr. Zelaya's statements, envoys from the two sides say negotiations will continue.

Mr. Micheletti has been under intense international pressure to restore Mr. Zelaya. The deposed president's opponents say he was ousted because he was trying to illegally change the constitution to extend his term in office.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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