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Zelaya's followers begin to leave Honduras-Nicaragua border
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10:18, July 28, 2009

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Some followers of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya began on Monday to leave militarized border zone between Honduras and Nicaragua and head home.

Hundreds of Zelaya's supporters arrived on Friday at the town of El Paraiso, but were kept by military checkpoints from reaching the Nicaraguan town of Ocotal, where Zelaya parked his government-in-exile last week to exert the pressure on Honduran interim government.

About 100 people who had camped behind the military blockades stayed in El Paraiso, some 12 km from the border line while dozens of others started tricking home, Xinhua reporter said.

Zelaya has vowed to remain on the border for at least a week, but has not announced any concrete plans since his brief entry into Honduras on Friday.

Tension remained high along the border on Monday as some 3,000 soldiers and police were deployed on the Honduran side ready to arrest the deposed president if he enters the country.

It is reported that about 500 of his supporters have already crossed into Nicaragua.

The Honduran Congress was discussing on Monday the San Jose Accord, proposed by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, which calls for Zelaya to be restored to power.

The interim leaders have accepted parts of the plan but rejected Zelaya's return as president.

Meanwhile, Honduran inhabitants in the border area demanded the authorities to end the curfew imposed last Friday and to allow the transportation of goods to supply local markets.


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