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OAS Delegation to Hold Talks in Honduras


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A delegation from the Organization of American States is converging on Honduras Wednesday to discuss the ongoing political crisis stemming from the overthrow of President Manuel Zelaya.

The delegation will include OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza and officials from the United Nations, United States, Canada, Spain and 10 Latin American countries (Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, and Panama).

Interim President Roberto Micheletti says the talks will address with a "new spirit" the disputed issues of the San Jose Accord, particularly, Mr. Zelaya's return to power and amnesty for perpetrators of the coup.

Mr. Zelaya said he could place no trust in a dialogue with the interim leaders because they are seeking to remain in power.

Mr. Zelaya was forced from office in a June 28 coup and sent into exile for trying to hold a referendum on rewriting the constitution. His opponents say he was trying to illegally change the constitution to extend his term.

Tensions flared last month when the deposed president slipped back into Honduras and sought refuge at the Brazilian embassy in the capital, Tegucigalpa.

The interim government later imposed an emergency decree restricting civil liberties, as protesters rallied following Mr. Zelaya's surprise return. Mr. Micheletti lifted the restrictions Monday.

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