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US Diplomat Returns to Honduras

US Diplomat Returns to Honduras

A senior U.S. diplomat is in Honduras for more talks on reuniting the parties involved in the long-running stalemate over President Manuel Zelaya's ouster last year.

U.S. officials say Craig Kelly, the deputy assistant secretary of state for the Western Hemisphere, arrived in the Central American nation Tuesday to meet with the deposed leader and his rival, interim President Roberto Micheletti.

Kelly is also expected to see President-elect Porfirio Lobo, who takes office January 27. Kelly was also in Honduras in November to discuss the stalemate.

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley says the United States is continuing efforts to help the parties move forward in implementing the Tegucigalpa-San Jose Accord on ending the turmoil over Mr. Zelaya's removal.

The deal calls for the creation of a national unity government and a truth commission to look into the circumstances of the coup.

Mr. Zelaya was ousted in a military-backed coup June 28 and sent into exile. He returned to Honduras in September and has been holed up at the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa under the threat of arrest. Mr. Zelaya's opponents say he was trying to illegally change the constitution to extend his term in office.

Some information for this report was provided by AFp and AP.