Negotiator: Zelaya's side accepts Honduran plan

July 18, 2009 6:18:18 PM PDT
A negotiator for ousted President Manuel Zelaya says his side has accepted in principle the points proposed by a mediator to end the Honduras coup crisis. But negotiator Enrique Flores says the interim government of Roberto Micheletti has rejected the central point of allowing Zelaya to be reinstated, leaving the talks stalemated.

Flores says "in principle we accept all the points, to later discuss them in detail."

But he says the Honduras' de facto leaders have shown no willingness to accept Zelaya's return, adding that if there is no progress "we will declare the talks a failure."

The mediator of Saturday's talks proposed that Zelaya be allowed to return to Honduras to serve out the rest of his term and lead a national unity government.