TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- President Jose Azcona traveled to Washington Monday to meet with President Reagan and President-elect George Bush to discuss regional and bilateral issues.
Foreign Minister Carlos Lopez Contreras told reporters that the presence of some 10,000 Nicaraguan rebels known as Contras on Honduran territory is 'obviously an obligatory theme' of the talks.
Azcona was accompanied by the Honduran Armed Forces Chief Gen. Humberto Regalado Hernandez and Interior Minister Enrique Ortiz Colindres. He was scheduled to meet with Reagan and Bush on Tuesday and is expected to return Wednesday to Tegucigalpa.
'We have to speak on the themes that are of interest to Honduras,' Azcona said before his departure. 'We do not have a closed agenda but we will speak on the Central American question and economic and military affairs.'
Asked whether he would make any proposals to Reagan and Bush about the Central American conflict and the presence of some 10,000 Contras, Azcona said, 'We want to look for a solution to that problem, and we will ask the United States government to help us resolve it.'
Latin American diplomatic sources said Azcona is expected to express his concern about the presence of Contras on Honduran territory. The Nicaraguan rebels have been fighting to overthrow their country's leftist Sandinista government.
The Honduran army acted as an enthusiastic if secret ally of the Contras during their 7-year-old war against the Managua government. The United States caried out nearly permanent military maneuvers in Honduras over that time and supplied its forces with new equipment.
Other possible themes of discussion during Azcona's visit to Washington include the U.S. economic and military aid to Honduras, the closet ally of the United States in Central America.