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Honduran post-coup government says willing to negotiate with OAS
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11:22, July 06, 2009

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The Honduran interim government on Sunday voiced its willingness to have talks with the Organization of American States (OAS) after a June 28 coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya has put the two sides at odds.

The interim government led by Roberto Micheletti has offered to send a delegation to the OAS after the latter Saturday decided to suspend Honduras' membership after the post-coup authorities missed a deadline on Zelaya's reinstatement, Martha Lorena Alvarado, defense minister of Micheletti's government, told local media.

The declaration came shortly after Micheletti accused the Nicaraguan forces of gathering in the two countries' border region.

Micheletti told media Sunday that Nicaragua had begun "a psychological invasion" by sending small groups of troops to the border, although they have not crossed the borderline.

He called on Nicaragua to respect Honduras' sovereignty but warned that Honduras was not afraid of defending itself.

The Nicaraguan authorities have officially denied Micheletti's accusations.

Also on Sunday, Zelaya, who took a plane for home, failed to land at the airport in this Honduran capital because the runway was blocked by military vehicles and groups of soldiers.

Zelaya instead landed in Nicaragua and vowed to try again Monday or Tuesday to return home for a reinstatement.

Zelaya was removed from office in a military coup on June 28, just hours after some 200 soldiers surrounded his official residence and forced him to board a plane to Costa Rica after a referendum scheduled for the same day on changing the country's constitution put Zelaya at odds with the military, the courts and the legislature.

In the vote, Hondurans were asked whether they would back an official referendum in November, to be held alongside the scheduled presidential election, on changing the constitution to allow a president to seek re-election.

The opposition accused Zelaya, whose current term expires next January, of seeking reelection through the referendum, while the Supreme Court and the attorney general said that the vote was illegal.

The congress announced after the coup that Micheletti would replace Zelaya as the country's acting president.

Both the United Nations and the OAS have condemned the coup and called for an immediate reinstatement of Zelaya.

Source: Xinhua




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