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Zelaya Gives (His Latest) Ultimatum

From his never say die cheerleaders  at the Associated Press:

Ousted Honduras leader gives talks until midnight

By Freddy Cuevas And Filadelfo Aleman, Associated Press Writers

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – An ultimatum from ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya left little room for compromise in U.S.-backed talks Saturday aimed at resolving a crisis that has become the latest test for democracy in Latin America.

Zelaya, who was forced into exile in a June 28 military coup, gave negotiators meeting in Costa Rica until midnight to restore him to office, threatening to return to Honduras in secret and attempt to retake power on his own if no agreement is reached. He indicated he would reject any power-sharing agreement, a proposal to be discussed at the talks.

"If at that time, there is no resolution to that end, I will consider the negotiations in Costa Rica a failure," Zelaya said at a news conference Friday night at the Honduran embassy in Nicaragua. "I am going back to Honduras, but I am not going to give you the date, hour or place, or say if I’m going to enter through land, air or sea."

He did not say what steps he would subsequently take. But earlier this week, he said Hondurans have a constitutional right to rebel against an illegitimate government. His foreign minister, Patricia Rodas, said Thursday that if the talks failed, Zelaya would return to Honduras to install a parallel government "to direct what I will call the final battle."

The interim government has vowed to arrest Zelaya if he returns…

[Costa Rica’s] Arias, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 for helping to end Central America’s wars, has presented a series of possible compromises to both camps, including a power-sharing deal in which Zelaya could return to serve out the remaining months of his term as president, but with limited power.

Zelaya suggested he would reject such a plan. "I cannot accept a reward for the coup leaders because that would be an aberration," he said.

Arias also said an amnesty deal for Zelaya was possible…

Zelaya’s deadline for the coup leaders to back down falls at the start of the 30th anniversary of Nicaragua’s July 19, 1979, Sandinista revolution that toppled dictator Anastasio Somoza.

Maybe Mr. Zelaya should hold his breath until he is put back in power.

Zelaya’s deadline for the coup leaders to back down falls at the start of the 30th anniversary of Nicaragua’s July 19, 1979, Sandinista revolution that toppled dictator Anastasio Somoza.

What a coincidence.

By the way, let’s hope Mr. Zelaya adopts that cowboy hat as his iconic garb. (Like Castro’s fatigues or Chavez’s red shirt.)

It’s perfect.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, July 18th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “Zelaya Gives (His Latest) Ultimatum”

  1. Chinnubie says:

    Many Hondurans viewed the proposed referendum as an attempt by Zelaya to push for a socialist-leaning government similar to the one his ally Hugo Chavez has established in Venezuela.

    Many Hondurans doesn’t tell the whole story, because I thought the number of Hondurans that viewed this as an illegal push towards socialism was around 80%. The press has got me so cynical at this point I am not sure I can believe anything they report.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    ………and maybe someone will T.C.B. before the ultimatums’ zero hour.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    Hey, Zelaya….go suck a banana

  4. VMAN says:

    It’s funny how this story just fell off the news radar.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      It’s as if….SOMEone doesn’t want to be seen as siding with a dictator….

      (things that make ya go ‘hmmm’)

  5. Steve says:

    An update from Reuters:

    Honduras interim govt rejects Zelaya reinstatement

    Sat Jul 18, 2009

    TEGUCIGALPA, July 18 (Reuters) – Honduras’ interim government rejected mediator Costa Rica’s proposal to allow ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya to return to serve out the rest of his term, a spokesman for the presidential palace said on Saturday.

    “They want the reinstatement of President Zelaya without any form of negotiation,” Mario Saldana, a spokesman for the caretaker government, told Reuters. Asked if the government accepted the proposal, he said, “No.”


  6. Steve says:

    An ‘update’ from the Associated Press:

    Negotiator: Zelaya’s side accepts Honduran plan

    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – 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.


    What nonsense.

    We hope Honduras sticks to its guns — and constitution.

  7. neocon mom says:

    “By the way, let’s hope Mr. Zelaya adopts that cowboy hat as his iconic garb.”

    In this pic, replace it with a chef’s hat and he’s the guy on the Pizza box telling you, “Hot Fresh Pizza For You!”

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Give him a donkey (or a democrat) and he’s the spitting image of Juan Valdez………….the coffee beaner!!

  8. wirenut says:

    Honduras kicks out a would-be “dicktater”? Sounds like fun, let’s do it here. Anybody got a good “tater stick”?

  9. sheehanjihad says:

    I would be more than happy to crease Zalaya’s forehead with a little bit of my “Bark Diplomacy”…..and it would be fun to send a video of it to someone else to remind him that we do walk softly, but we all carry a BIG “tater stick”……batter up!

  10. wirenut says:

    SJ, word has it that your “bark” is even worse than your bite! Haw-haw!!!! Making libs cringe seems to suit you well.
    (Standing O, inserted here.) Ever put the bike back together?

  11. sheehanjihad says:

    Every time I end up in an argument with a liberal or leftist, I get called “racist” “bigot” “homophobe” “neocon”….but when the tater stick comes out, all they can manage is “sir” “please” and “dont”. There comes a time when words fail me…(yeah, me!) and the rapid and repeated application of my special hardwood barber clippers seems to cause the recipient to promise to include God in the Pledge of Allegiance.. Works for me! The bike? You dont want to know. LOL! Nice seein ya wire!

  12. Reality Bytes says:

    Zelaya (aka Juan Valdez) should go back to his donkey & coffee.


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