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Exiled Honduran president arrives in U.S. for talks at OAS

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Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has arrived again in the U.S. to hold meetings at the Organization of American States (OAS) on ways to resolve the current political crisis in the country.

WASHINGTON, September 1 (RIA Novosti) - Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has arrived again in the U.S. to hold meetings at the Organization of American States (OAS) on ways to resolve the current political crisis in the country.

His arrival was confirmed by U.S. Department of State Spokesman Ian Kelly at a daily briefing on Monday.

"I understand that he is here. He's going to have meetings at the OAS tomorrow...and no decisions have been made about who from the U.S. side will meet with him," Kelly said.

The Honduran military arrested Zelaya on June 28, the day polls were due to open for a nonbinding referendum on extending the non-renewable, four-year presidential term of office, and flew him to Costa Rica.

Last week, an OAS delegation had failed to persuade the country's interim leader Roberto Micheletti to accept a 12-point plan devised by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias to resolve the political standoff in Hinduras.

Under the plan, Zelaya would return to his post, while Micheletti would return to his pre-coup post of parliamentary speaker.

The plan, known as the San Jose Accord, also offers a full amnesty for those who ousted the president, and suggests holding presidential elections in the country one month earlier than scheduled.

Micheletti refused to accept the proposal and told the OAS officials that presidential elections would be held in Honduras on November 29, even if they are not internationally recognized.

Meanwhile, the U.S. has temporarily stopped issuing entry visas for Honduran citizens and threatened to suspend a $215-mln economic aid program to help Honduras fight poverty.

 

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