Honduras prohibits visit of crisis negotiators
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Last Updated: Sunday, August 09, 2009, 22:52
Tegucigalpa: Honduras' interim government announced on Sunday that it was cancelling a visit by foreign delegates aimed at resolving the country's political crisis because it could not accept the participation of a regional official who insists on reinstating the ousted President.

Interim President Roberto Micheletti is willing to reschedule the delegation's visit, previously planned for Tuesday -- as long as Organization of American States chief Jose Miguel Insulza is excluded, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The Washington-based OAS, a long-established hemispheric body promoting democracy, development and legal cooperation in the Americas, on Friday named the delegation comprising foreign ministers from Argentina, Canada, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

The group's mission was to try to persuade Micheletti to negotiate with international mediators seeking to return President Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted in a coup on June 28.

But in addition to insisting that he accompany the delegation, Insulza failed to include foreign ministers who might be open to "reconsidering our position," the statement said, which "has made it impossible to hold the visit" now.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, August 09, 2009, 22:52

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