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Talks on Fate of Deposed Honduran President Stall

By VOA News
20 October 2009

Talks to end a nearly four-month-old political crisis in Honduras have again stalled, with a representative for deposed President Manuel Zelaya calling the interim government's latest offer "insulting."

Representative Victor Meza accused government negotiators of delay tactics after they proposed Monday that the country's Supreme Court and Congress submit opinions on whether Mr. Zelaya should be reinstated. The Supreme Court and most members of Congress backed Mr. Zelaya's June ouster.

Meza has called for the Organization of American States to considering ruling on the situation. The group's Permanent Council meets Wednesday in Washington.

Mr. Zelaya was deposed and sent into exile in a June 28 coup, after opponents accused him of trying to illegally change the constitution to extend his term in office.

Since then, interim President Roberto Micheletti has faced intense international pressure to restore Mr. Zelaya, who sneaked back into Honduras in September and has taken refuge at the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa.

On Monday, the interim government relaxed a ban on demonstrations, ahead of November 29 elections. Bloomberg news says supporters of Mr. Zelaya plan to hold protests Tuesday at the National Autonomous University in the capital.

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

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