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Interim Honduran President Interested in Further Dialogue


The mediator in the political crisis in Honduras says interim Honduran President Roberto Micheletti is interested in further negotiations on ending the country's month-long leadership standoff.

Costa Rican President Oscar Arias says Mr. Micheletti has asked him to send an envoy to Honduras to help build political support for a solution. He says Mr. Micheletti suggested a former head of the Inter-American Development Bank, Enrique Iglesias, for the job.

News reports quote a source close to the interim government as saying Mr. Micheletti has expressed willingness to support a compromise plan that would allow ousted President Manuel Zelaya to return to power under certain conditions.

The military forced Mr. Zelaya out of the country June 28, saying he was illegally trying to change the constitution in order to extend his term. His efforts to return to Honduras have been unsuccessful.

The mediation plan calls for Mr. Zelaya to finish his term, which ends in January, abandon any effort to change the constitution, and agree to a coalition government.

The de facto government has previously threatened to arrest Mr. Zelaya, who is currently in neighboring Nicaragua, if he returns.

No countries have recognized Honduras' caretaker government and many, including the United States, have called for Mr. Zelaya to be reinstated and democratic order to be restored.

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

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