Honduran Government Reaches an Agreement

After months of tense negotiations, deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya and de facto President Roberto Micheletti have settled on a government of national reconciliation that could reinstate Zelaya, CNN reports.

Although the agreement contains no guarantee that Zelaya would return to power, Micheletti said in a statement, "My government has decided to support a proposal that allows a vote in the National Congress, with a previous opinion of the Supreme Court," to decide whether the ousted leader will be reinstated ahead of national elections next month.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed her excitement over the agreement while traveling on a diplomatic trip in Pakistan. "Congratulations for reaching a historic agreement," she said from Islamabad. "I'm looking forward to elections and a full restoration of democracy."

"This is an agreement that benefits Honduras, the people of Honduras, and democracy in Honduras," said Victor Rico, political affairs secretary for the Organization of American States, who was involved in the negotiations.

Zelaya has not commented on the agreement yet. Until now, he has been staying the Brazilian Embassy in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, since sneaking back into the country on Sept. 21. He had been forced out of Honduras in a military-backed coup on June 28 and replaced hours later by Micheletti. Coup leaders were disturbed by Zelaya's plan to hold a referendum that could have changed the constitution to allow longer terms for the president.