Wednesday, October 28, 2009

U.S. delegates try to grease the wheels of dialogue

U.S. delegates met this afternoon with representatives of the dialogue between interim President Roberto Micheletti and deposed Manuel Zelaya, together with representatives of the Organization of American States to seek a political solution to the crisis.

In a previous communication, the State Department spokesman, Ian Kelly, confirmed that American officials would meet "with representatives of both parties to discuss ways to move forward the process" of the San Jose Accord.

According to information from Kelly, the task of this committee is to bring Micheletti and Zelaya closer. Zelaya was deposed on 28 June. Today marks four months since the country submerged into the political crisis.

On Tuesday, the Honduran president Roberto Micheletti denied that the return of Manuel Zelaya is an item on the agenda of the U.S. Undersecretary of State, Thomas Shannon.

The decision to send the mission was taken by the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, after the failure to reach an agreement of the negotiations between Zelaya and Micheletti, with just over a month to go before the elections scheduled on 29 November, Kelly said the AFP.

"We are asking both sides to show flexibility and to redouble their efforts to end the crisis," the State Department spokesman said on Wednesday.

"Secretary Clinton believes the United States can play a constructive role in encouraging the return of the parties to the negotiating table," he said.

Translated from El Heraldo

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