Honduras negotiations suspended for the weekend

Miami HeraldJuly 10, 2009 

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — The delegations representing ousted Honduran President Miguel Zelaya and acting President Roberto Micheletti have suspended talks for the weekend, after two days of lengthy discussions in San Jose, Costa Rica.

The two camps, comprised each leader's four closest allies, met behind closed doors for six hours Friday in the house of Costa Rican President Oscar Arias who is serving as chief mediator between both sides.

Both sides remain steadfast in their position. Micheletti has said restoring Zelaya to power is not negotiable, while Zelaya has maintained that Micheletti is a ''criminal'' who should have been arrested upon arriving to Costa Rica.

Thursday night both sides met for the first time since Zelaya was removed from office and flown to Costa Rica by Honduran soldiers acting on the orders of the country's Supreme court.

Though Micheletti and Zelaya met individually with Arias on Thursday, they did not meet face to face. Micheletti headed back to Tegucigalpa and Zelaya flew to the Dominican Republic to talk with that country's president Leonel Fernandez.

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