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Honduras Talks to Resume, Zelaya Gives Ultimatum


Representatives of the ousted and interim governments of Honduras are scheduled to hold talks Saturday in an attempt to resolve their political crisis peacefully.

But both sides have shown little willingness to compromise. Toppled President Manuel Zelaya said Friday he plans to return to his country and his post with or without an agreement from the U.S.-backed talks being held in Costa Rica.

Mr. Zelaya set midnight Saturday as the deadline for negotiators to reach a solution that would restore him to power. He said any other result would be a failure, and he indicated he would not accept mediators' proposal for a power-sharing agreement.

The ousted leader did not say when or how he would return to Honduras. The interim government has threatened to arrest him if he does.

Mr. Zelaya was toppled June 28 by the military and opponents who say he was trying to illegally change the constitution to extend his time in office.

Both Mr. Zelaya and interim president Roberto Micheletti claim to be the legitimate leader of Honduras.

Earlier this week, the ousted leader said Hondurans "have the right to insurrection" in order to force the caretaker government to return him to power.

An attempt by Mr. Zelaya to land in Honduras earlier this month was blocked by the military and led to clashes that left at least one person dead.

Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, is hosting the talks with the rival sides of the political standoff. On Friday, he said he believed both sides were softening their positions.


Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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