Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya Moves Across Border

After weeks of negotiations, it finally looked as though Oscar Arias, the UN appointed mediator and Costa Rican president was making some headway and perhaps had reached a resolution that both ousted President Manuel Zelaya and interim acting President Roberto Micheletti could agree on. Both sides seemed prepared to accept a series of agreements drafted by Arias dubbed the San José Accord, which was supported by most governments in the hemisphere and would have allowed Mr. Zelaya to return as president with limited executive powers. Even the Honduran military issued a communiqué saying they would stand aside if an agreement was made to return Manuel Zelaya to power, but Mr. Micheletti has flatly refused any accord that would put Zelaya back in the president's office.

In response, Zelaya has formed a camp along the border of Honduras and Nicaragua, and even stepped across for a few moments last Friday. Micheletti dismissed the brief border crossing as an "ill
conceived and not very serious" publicity stunt and warned Zelaya of the legal implications of crossing the border and attempting a return to Honduras. Local authorities enforced a daytime curfew along the border towns and traffic was controlled by multiple checkpoints but crowds were still gathering in support of the ousted president.

Around 2,000 Zelaya backers gathered around the capital of Tegucigalpa as Zelaya insisted that he and his supporters were willing to continue protesting until the situation was resolved. After Clinton criticized his border crossing as "reckless" Zelaya responded, "The position of the Secretary Clinton at the beginning was firm," he told reporters. "Now I feel that she's not really denouncing [it] and she's not acting firmly against the repression that Honduras is suffering," he continued, "Confront it with strength. She should stop evading the topic of the dictatorship and confront it so that we know exactly what the United States' position is in relation to this coup."