UPDATE-Clinton to Meet w/Zelaya Thurs. President Zelaya Meets with OAS Today and Holds Public Meeting Tomorrow at George Washington University
UPDATE: Clinton to meet with President Zelaya on Thursday
(AFP) – 29 minutes ago
WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is to meet Thursday with Manuel Zelaya to discuss the deadlock following his ouster as president of Honduras in a June 28 coup, her spokesman said Tuesday.
“On Thursday Secretary Clinton plans to meet with him to discuss the best way forward on the situation in Honduras,” State Department spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters.
He recalled that Zelaya was in Washington this week for a range of talks, including with the Organization of American States (OAS).
The United States has been piling pressure on Honduras coup leaders since after they rejected a settlement, with plans in the works to cut off nearly 150 million dollars in US assistance.
Foreign ministers from seven nations and the head of the OAS returned empty-handed last week after failing to persuade Honduras’ de facto leader Roberto Micheletti to step aside.
The US State Department said it was ready to take further measures after already halting most visa services in Honduras, revoking visas for the interim regime and suspending 35 million dollars in military aid.”
Today, President Zelaya will be at the Organization of American States for discussions about the situation in Honduras with member states. As usual, the US State Department “seems” to know little about his visit and the “no decisions have been made about who from the US side will meet with him” should be translated as the State Department will avoid meeting with him unless it gets forced into a corner. Here’s a brief excerpt from yesterday’s State Department Daily briefing.
“QUESTION: Is Manuel Zelaya meeting anyone here today or tomorrow? He’s in town for his talk on Wednesday.
MR. KELLY: Not today – not today or tomorrow. I understand that he is here. He’s going to have meetings at the OAS tomorrow, and I’d obviously refer you to them about who he plans to meet with. And no decisions have been made about who from the U.S. side will meet with him.
QUESTION: Any decisions on whether Secretary Clinton is going to sign the declaration of the —
MR. KELLY: We do not have a decision on that yet.
QUESTION: Is she coming home today?
MR. KELLY: I’m not going to guess on that one.
QUESTION: Thank you.”
Tomorrow, the President will have an opportunity to meet with the public at George Washington University. The discussion topic will be “Returning Honduras to Democratic and Constitutional Order.” Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director of the Center for Economic Policy Research, will provide the introduction. I don’t know if the rsvp period has expired but, if interested in attending, you can send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call at number below.
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