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Costa Rican president to propose "reconciliation government" in Honduras
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15:10, July 17, 2009

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Costa Rican President Oscar Arias said Thursday he will propose forming a "reconciliation government" in Honduras led by ousted President Manuel Zelaya as a solution to the political crisis in that country.

Arias condemned the June 28 coup against Zelaya in a statement on Radio Monumental. He said the conflict could not be resolved without Zelaya's reinstatement.

"I'll propose a government of national reconciliation that includes major ministries, and if it is possible, we will discuss the amnesty for political crimes," said Arias. "But Zelaya will have to abandon his scheme of having a 'fourth ballot box'(to seek constitutional amendments) in the coming elections.

"There have been talks about advancing the election. For me it is not necessary because the election must be held in January 2010, according to the constitution," Arias added.

He also said that it is not an effective solution if post-coup leader Roberto Micheletti resigns to give power to someone else, because the restoration of the constitutional order has to be done with Zelaya's return to power.

Arias, a Noble Peace Prize laureate, has been mediating the negotiations between representatives of Zelaya and Micheletti to resolve the crisis.

Arias will meet representatives of both sides for the second time in San Jose on Saturday.

On Wednesday, Zelaya's and Micheletti's delegations confirmed their attendance at the negotiations, which will be held in Arias's residence.

Source: Xinhua



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