Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

Valls <3 Business

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

New French economy minister signals changes to 35-hour week

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

'Macron-economy' pun already worn out

Read more

DEBATE

What Next for Gaza? Lasting Ceasefire Agreed After 50 Days of War (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

What Next for Gaza? Lasting Ceasefire Agreed After 50 Days of War

Read more

FOCUS

Video: Milan is starting point for Syrian refugees’ European odyssey

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Terrorist ransoms: Should governments pay up for hostages?

Read more

ENCORE!

Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche star in 'Clouds of Sils Maria'

Read more

WEB NEWS

India: journalist launches "Rice Bucket Challenge"

Read more

  • Ukraine calls on NATO amid rebel counter-attack

    Read more

  • New French economy minister takes swipe at 35-hour work week

    Read more

  • Assad cannot be ally in fight against IS, says Hollande

    Read more

  • Erdogan's inauguration paves way for constitutional change

    Read more

  • Air France suspends flights to Ebola-stricken Sierra Leone

    Read more

  • Platini will not run against Blatter for FIFA presidency

    Read more

  • Uzi shooting by 9-year-old rekindles gun debate

    Read more

  • Mother of American journalist asks IS leader for his release

    Read more

  • UN probe accuses Syrian regime, Islamists of ‘crimes against humanity’

    Read more

  • Uruguayans sign up to grow marijuana at home

    Read more

  • Missouri governor appoints black public safety director

    Read more

  • French unemployment rises 0.8% in July to record high

    Read more

  • Video: Iraq’s Yazidis flee to spiritual capital of Lalish

    Read more

  • Video: Milan is starting point for Syrian refugees’ European odyssey

    Read more

  • Airstrikes and Assad - Obama’s military conundrum in Syria

    Read more

  • IMF’s Lagarde investigated in French corruption case

    Read more

  • In pictures: The ministers in France's new government

    Read more

Americas

Zelaya, interim leader to meet but not 'negotiate'

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-07-10

Deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya and interim leader Roberto Micheletti have both insisted that they will not "negotiate" during two days of talks mediated by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias.

AFP - Deposed Honduran president Manuel Zelaya was to meet Thursday with the country's interim leader amid talk that a congressional amnesty could clear the way for Zelaya's return.
   
The two days of talks between Zelaya and Roberto Micheletti, who have both insisted that they will not "negotiate," are being hosted by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, at his home in San Jose.
   
"It seems to me that there is willingness on both sides to seek a negotiated settlement through diplomacy, through dialogue," Arias said Wednesday.
   
But both Zelaya and Micheletti -- who was sworn in by Congress just hours after Zelaya's removal in a coup -- have made public statements suggesting the contrary.
   
"We're not going to negotiate, we're going to talk," Micheletti said Wednesday, as Zelaya told Chilean television that the meeting would plan "the exit of the coup leaders" and described his political opponent as a "thug."
   
Micheletti deepened doubt about the summit by saying he had not even made a final decision on whether he would attend the talks, after his political allies raised concerns that he could face "arrest" abroad.
   
Members of the Organization of American States (OAS), including the United States, nonetheless offered support for the dialogue, hoping that talks could offer a way out of the crisis that erupted with Zelaya's overthrow on June 28.
   
"There needs to be a specific mediator and, to that end, we are supporting the efforts of President Arias of Costa Rica to serve in this important role," US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters.
   
State Department spokesman Ian Kelly welcomed the Costa Rican initiative Wednesday saying: "We hope through this mechanism, there will be a peaceful resolution of this conflict."
   

Date created : 2009-07-09

COMMENT(S)