Ex-foreign minister of Honduras says post-crisis talks halted

October 17, 2009 10:18 pm 

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MOSCOW, Oct. 17 — Talks on a post- coup crisis in Honduras have reached deadlock with the de facto Honduran president refusing to reinstate ousted President Manuel Zelaya, the former Honduran foreign minister has said.

Zelaya was expelled in June and his place was taken by Roberto Micheletti, the parliamentary speaker turned interim president.

"The process of dialogue… has been completely broken," Patricia Rodas was quoted by the AP agency as saying on Friday.

However, Ricardo Martinez, the ex-tourism minister and Zelaya's spokesman, said later the toppled president had given the deadlocked talks two more days to settle the crisis.

The U.S. State Department spokesman urged both sides in the conflict on Wednesday to seek peaceful ways to resolve their differences.

"We continue to urge all parties in Honduras to find a peaceful, negotiated restoration of democratic and constitutional order for the benefit of the Honduran people," Robert Wood said.

On Friday, the heads of state and government from nine member-countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) approved a trade embargo and an economic blockade against the de facto Honduran regime at a summit in central Bolivia's Cochabamba.

The resolution also envisages appealing to the United Nations to send representatives to Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, to secure "the inviolability of [the Brazilian] diplomatic mission," where Zelaya is taking refuge, and "appropriate security" to the president and his family, AFP said.

The ALBA member-countries also agreed to deny access to their territories to those responsible for the coup in Honduras.

The ALBA unites Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Honduras, Dominica, Bolivia, Saint Vincent, and Antigua and Barbuda.

Russian Security Council Chief Nikolai Patrushev is also taking part in the ALBA's seventh summit. (PNA/RIA Novosti)

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