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Honduras presidential talks make little headway

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  • The goal is for both sides to sign the San Jose Accord
  • Major impasse is that the two sides disagree on how to begin the negotiations
  • Key sticking point: Restore Zelaya to presidency as part of a unity government
  • Zelaya ousted June 28
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TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (CNN) -- A delegation from the Organization of American States concluded a trip to Honduras on Thursday with little progress made toward a resolution between the country's de facto government and its ousted president.

The goal is for both sides to sign the San Jose Accord, an agreement proposed in earlier negotiations, Costa Rican Foreign Minister Bruno Stagno said at a news conference at the conclusion of the OAS visit. They agreed that negotiations should be based on modifications that would make the agreement acceptable to all parties, Stagno said.

The delegation met separately with de facto President Roberto Micheletti and ousted President Jose Manuel Zelaya, and a few delegates mediated a meeting between representatives of both leaders. But the talks produced little more than a restatement of the opposed sides' positions.

"The OAS mission is convinced that the direct dialogue started between the parties can overcome the political crisis that has enveloped the country since the events of this past June 28," Stagno said. He and the other OAS delegates did not take questions from reporters during the news conference.

A major impasse to the talks is that the two sides disagree on how to begin the negotiations, particularly regarding the first point of the San Jose Accord, which calls for restoring Zelaya to the presidency, albeit as part of a unity government.

The de facto government wants to debate all of the points in the proposed accord, said Vilma Morales, a negotiator for Micheletti.

However, the ousted government wants agreement on Zelaya's return to the presidency before discussing the rest of the document, Zelaya negotiator Juan Barahona said.

On Wednesday, Micheletti in a stern speech to the OAS group said it rushed to judgment in condemning Zelaya's ouster as a coup and imposing diplomatic and economic sanctions on the Central American country. His supporters argue that Zelaya's June 28 ouster was not a coup, but a constitutional transfer of power that was triggered by constitutional violations by Zelaya.

This week's talks with the OAS were the first time the two sides have sat down for direct discussions since August, and the first since Zelaya snuck back into Honduras more than two weeks ago.


Zelaya covertly returned to his homeland and found refuge inside the Brazilian embassy in the Honduran capital, creating a new standoff.

Zelaya has demanded to be reinstated as president; Micheletti has accused Zelaya of violating the constitution and said he will be arrested if he leaves the embassy grounds.

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