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July 12, 2009

For Honduras mediator Arias, compromise is a familiar role

Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, the man who is seeking to resolve the Honduran crisis in his living room, is a 67-year-old economist and lawyer by training with salt-and-pepper hair, and the 1987 Nobel Peace Prize. He brokered an end to the contra war against the Sandinista and persuaded Haiti's president to abolish the army. Now he's tackling a problem he knows something about himself -- he skillfully overcame his own nation's single-term presidential limit by championing a reinterpretation of the Costa Rican Constitution that allowed him to run and win his current, second term.

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