Talks to solve Honduras' political crisis will continue without the
direct participation of the nation's rival leaders, after a first day
of mediation in Costa Rica ended without a deal.
ousted President Manuel Zelaya and interim President Roberto Micheletti
met separately with Costa Rican President Oscar Arias at his home in
San Jose. The two leaders refused to meet face to face.
the talks, Mr. Micheletti told reporters he was "satisfied" and
returned to Honduras. It is unclear if Mr. Zelaya will remain in Costa
Delegations representing both sides will continue to meet
with Mr. Arias. The Costa Rican leader told reporters that finding a
solution to the crisis "could possibly take longer than one might have
During Thursday's talks, the two rivals continued to maintain their unconditional right to lead the country.
Zelaya continued to demand that the interim government immediately
reinstate him after forcibly expelling him from the country on June 28.
President Micheletti told reporters that he will only discuss the
ousted president's return if it involves Mr. Zelaya appearing in court
to face charges of treason and abuse of power.
The caretaker government has accused Mr. Zelaya of illegally trying to change the constitution in order to extend his term.
The issue has divided the country, where supporters of both sides continue to hold competing demonstrations.
United States has opposed the ouster and refused to recognize the
interim government of Mr. Micheletti, despite his assertions that Mr.
Zelaya was legally removed.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.