Honduras says it will admit OAS delegation

Aug. 10, 2009 at 8:59 AM
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TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Honduras said it would allow an Organization of American States delegation to visit Tegucigalpa only if the leader is an observer, not a participant in talks.

A delegation of foreign ministers from six nations was chosen to visit Honduras to try to resolve the political turmoil that has engulfed the Central American country since Honduran President Jose Manuel Zelaya's ouster in a military coup in June. The mission was in response to a call by interim President Roberto Micheletti for a special envoy to restart talks.

Honduras initially rejected the scheduled visit, calling OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza unprofessional and biased, saying his presence with the delegation was unacceptable, CNN reported. Insulza has called for the reinstatement of Zelaya.

The delegation was supposed to arrive in Honduras Tuesday. The country's foreign ministry said it would decide on a new date for the visit within the next two days. OAS did not say immediately whether it would agree to the condition, CNN reported.

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