This is not going to end well. The Honduran government is adamant. They do not want the would be dictator/cheat/thug back, but the US State Dept is turning up the heat on the interim government, to force them to reinstate him as President against their will:
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called interim President Roberto Micheletti to say there would be serious consequences if his government ignores international mediation for Zelaya’s return.
Her call on Sunday came as talks mediated by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias stalled due to the refusal of Micheletti’s delegates to accept demands for Zelaya’s return.
State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said that Clinton helped “helped him understand the potential consequences of a failure to take advantage of this mediation.”
Honduran business leaders, meanwhile, say U.S. Ambassador Hugo Llorens has called them into meetings to warn that Honduras – impoverished and highly dependent on exports to the United States – could face tough sanctions if the interim government continues to refuse Arias’ compromise proposal for Zelaya to return as head of a coalition government.
The European Union added to the pressure on Monday by announcing it was suspending $93.1 million (65.5 million euros) in aid to Honduras.
No government has recognized Micheletti, and the United Nations and Organization of American States have called for the return of Zelaya, who was arrested and hustled out of the country by the army on June 28.
But Micheletti vowed not to stand down – and implied that the United States is betraying one of its staunchest allies.
Yes, we are, and what a disgrace it is.
Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, the archbishop of Tegucigalpa quipped, when he was asked why the American government was publicly supporting Zelaya — “in perfect harmony with Chavez and his followers” :
“A lot of Hondurans would like to know that. But nobody can explain it to us.”
Fred Thompson says Obama has taken the wrong side on this.