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Fake Deadlock Unlocked: Suddenly EVERYONE Has an Answer

August 28, 2009

The meeting between Roberto “Hell No” Micheletti and members of the OAS “We knew you would say that — can we go home now?” Mission was like a starter gun for a race.  As soon as it was over, it seems like EVERYONE had an idea about how to fix the mess.

First, the State Department’s issues a curious restriction on new visas that will not hamper Honduras’ elite, golpista class because most of them already have multiple entry business visas. As is the case most often, I bet the US has another reason for this move: to prevent a flood of people coming to the US if things go to hell in a handbasket in Honduras.  In addition to visas, an “unnamed spokesperson” at the  State Department says that the coup may be declared a  “military”  coup.  Sounds like a nice thing to do after 62 days, but the events unfolding this very minute will make this move unnecesary.

Then, Micheletti offers to resign again if President Zelaya will promise not to try to return to his post as president. With the offer of amnesty, President Zelaya is welcome to come back to Honduras and live in a house instead of a jail cell.

And, who becomes president, if Micheletti resigns? The President of the Honduran Supreme Court, Jorge Rivera Aviles — yes, the guy who gave the authority to the Honduran military to kidnap Zelaya and take him out of the country.

As they say on the soaps, stay tuned.

Amnesty deal offered to former Honduras leader

Honduras interim leader agrees to step down if former president will not seek post

(CNN) — Honduras’ de facto president said Thursday that he is willing to resign and let ousted President Jose Manuel Zelaya back into the country, as long as Zelaya gives up his quest for leadership.

The new proposal calls for the person next in line, as required by the constitution, to succeed de facto President Roberto Micheletti. Under terms of the proposal, Zelaya could return as a private citizen, but not be allowed to resume his post.

Presidential elections held after both resigned would be monitored by international observers such as the Organization of American States and the European Union, according to the proposal.

Zelaya did not immediately issue a response to the offer.

Until now, Micheletti has made clear that Zelaya would be arrested if he returned.

The offer comes two months after Zelaya was seized by the military in his pajamas and forced to leave the country.

Micheletti has insisted that Zelaya was not overthrown and was replaced through constitutional means.

The political crisis stemmed from Zelaya’s plan to hold a referendum that could have changed the constitution and allowed longer term limits. The country’s congress had outlawed the vote and the supreme court had ruled it illegal.

The Organization of American States sent a delegation to Honduras on Tuesday to promote the so-called San Jose Accord, which seeks an end to the political turmoil and the return of Zelaya to office. Micheletti’s government declined to sign the agreement.

On Thursday, the United States said it was considering cutting off all aid to Honduras. Washington froze its assistance to Honduras after Zelaya was removed from office and stopped issuing visas in the Central American country earlier this week. Further steps could choke off as much $200 million in additional aid dispensed by the Millennium Challenge Corporation, funded by the U.S. government.

The United Nations and the European Union also have said that they do not recognize Micheletti’s provisional government.

All AboutHonduras • Jose Manuel Zelaya • Roberto Micheletti

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