Acting Honduran Government Offers President Zelaya Amnesty

Negotiations between acting Honduran President President Roberto Micheletti's and elected President Zelaya's ended in a bitter stalemate last week, with Zelaya demanding to be reinstated and Micheletti threatening to arrest him if he tried to enter the country.

Now, Marcia Facusse de Villeda, a lawmaker who is part of Micheletti’s delegation, has said that the acting government is willing to extend amnesty to President Zelaya for charges that he violated the constitution. The acting government is currently in talks to consider holding early elections in Honduras as well. Micheletti wants Zelaya to give up his wish to be restored to his position as President. The acting government also wants the former leader to speak to his allies in order to bring an end to the protests that have persisted in Honduras, particularly the capital of Tegucigalpa. “The ideal result would be for Zelaya to agree to stop the demonstrations that are causing disorder in the country,” Facusse told Bloomberg.

Costa Rican President Oscar Arias is acting as a mediator for the negotiations and has offered to resume talks on July 18th. Zelaya, speaking from the Honduran embassy in Managua, Nicaragua yesterday insisted that he must be restored to his rightful position as President by the end of the next round of negotiations or he will consider the efforts moot. “If this situation continues, we would consider that this process of mediation is on the road to failure,” Zelaya told the Telesur news channel.