Honduras leader makes new offer

Washington Times:

The interim president of Honduras has offered the man he replaced after a June coup the chance to return to the country on the condition that both renounce claims to the presidency, a negotiator said Thursday.

Arturo Corrales, a member of a three-man Honduran panel seeking an end to the standoff, told The Washington Times that Roberto Micheletti was willing to make the concessions to restore peace and prosperity to Honduras following the coup against Manuel Zelaya.

The offer represents a turnaround by Mr. Micheletti, who has insisted until now that Mr. Zelaya should have been arrested rather than deported to Costa Rica on June 28. Mr. Zelaya was deposed by the military after he sought to change the constitution to allow him to run for a second term.

Lanny Davis, a prominent Washington attorney who represents the Honduran Latin American Business Council, said the new proposal "shows Mr. Micheletti is not concerned about power -- he is offering to resign entirely from public life. ... The question is, does Mr. Zelaya acknowledge that no one, even the president, is above the law?"

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• Both Mr. Micheletti and Mr. Zelaya would resign.

• The next in line under the constitution would become interim president.

• New elections would be scheduled and monitored by independent foreign observers.

• Mr. Zelaya may return as a private citizen.

• Mr. Micheletti will support a decision by the Honduran congress to grant "political amnesty [not involving common crimes] to all parties relating to events of June 28."

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I doubt Zelaya would accept the proposal, but it does put him on the spot. I do not believe that what happened was a coup. The current government of Honduras appears to have followed the constitutional process for dealing with unconstitutional acts by Zelaya.

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