[Marxism] Zelaya's team says Honduras "ungovernable" if no accord met

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Fri Oct 16 18:20:49 MDT 2009


Zelaya Team Says Honduras ‘Ungovernable’ If No Accord (Update2)


By Blake Schmidt and Eric Sabo

Oct. 16 (Bloomberg) -- A negotiator for ousted Honduran President Manuel
the country will be “ungovernable” if there’s no agreement to end the
political crisis by noon today.

“If we don’t find a peaceful solution, the crisis will boil over,” Zelaya
negotiator Victor
reporters in the capital, Tegucigalpa, this early morning.

Zelaya was forced from office at gunpoint by soldiers June 28 after
opponents accused him of illegally trying to change the constitution to stay
in power. Acting President Roberto
he can’t be reinstated.

The coup provoked international condemnation and idled Honduras’s economy as
lenders froze credit and former allies cut off aid to pressure the interim
government. Presidents including the U.S.’s Barack
Venezuela’s Hugo
Zelaya’s reinstatement ahead of new presidential elections on Nov.

Nations of the ALBA bloc, a nine-member group of socialist Latin American
presidents, are meeting in Bolivia today and will consider sanctions against
Honduras if Zelaya isn’t restored, Bolivian Foreign Minister David
in an interview broadcast on Telesur.

Deadline Set

The ousted president had set an Oct. 15 deadline to reach agreement on his
return to power. Meza announced the extension late yesterday to give
Micheletti “one more chance” to restore Zelaya, the point on which all past
negotiations to end the country’s political crisis have failed.

The two sides reached a consensus on a draft that is “raw material” for
ending the standoff, Meza said.

“We’re at the point of reaching a definitive accord,” he said.

Zelaya supporter Juan Barahona, protest leader and coordinator of the
National Front Against the Coup, threatened to step up demonstrations if
Zelaya’s deadline isn’t met.

“If talks are suspended, we’ll continue the struggle,” Barahona said in an

About 100 Zelaya supporters yesterday gathered across the street from the
hotel where the talks were being held, surrounded by riot police and

A negotiator for Micheletti, Vilma
said the acting government won’t adhere to deadlines imposed by Zelaya.

“The dialogue table has no deadline,” Morales, a former president of the
Honduran Supreme Court, said in a phone interview late yesterday.

John Biehl, a special envoy of the Organization of American
said he’s confident the country will resolve its political crisis before
election day.

“Some goals are scored in the final minute,” he said.

Zelaya has said he would respect the Nov. 29 election results if restored as
president for the remainder of his term, which ends in January.

To contact the reporters on this story: Blake
Tegucigalpa at
bschmidt16 at bloomberg.net; Eric
Panama City at
esabo1 at bloomberg.net.
*Last Updated: October 16, 2009 10:23 EDT*

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