The government of de facto Honduran President Roberto Micheletti is not ready to sign a proposed agreement to end the country’s ongoing political crisis, Costa Rican Foreign Minister Bruno Stagno said in Honduras.
Costa Rican President Oscar Arias has been diagnosed with the H1N1 virus, commonly known as the swine flu, the government said in a televised statement on Tuesday. Arias fell ill on Sunday, complaining of a sore throat and temperature, Presidential Minister Rodrigo Arias said.
Honduras reversed course Monday, saying it will allow a delegation from the Organization of American States to visit the country — on the condition that the organization’s head attends only as an observer. A day earlier, Honduras had rejected the planned visit, calling the organization’s Secretary-General Jose Miguel Insulza biased and unprofessional.
Honduran interim President Roberto Micheletti’s hard-line stance against the return of ousted President Jose Manuel Zelaya has softened, he said, but the signing of a proposed agreement to end the country’s political crisis remained uncertain. In a statement released late Wednesday, Micheletti said an agreement presented by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias “is the best path toward the achievement of consensus in Honduras.” Micheletti’s announcement was an apparent change of position, given that it was accompanied by a call to Arias to send a special envoy to Honduras to persuade political and business leaders to embrace the agreement, too. In the month since Zelaya’s ouster, members of Micheletti’s government have repeatedly stated that Zelaya’s return is an unacceptable condition
An agreement to end the monthlong political turmoil in Honduras went before Congress, with political amnesty and national elections on the table. The 128 deputies of the country’s unicameral legislature will decide whether to grant a period of political amnesty for both sides in the conflict, and whether to move forward the national elections scheduled for November. The two issues are among the points included in the so-called San Jose Accord — a proposed agreement to bring an end to the political standoff that escalated after the ouster of President Jose Manuel Zelaya on June 28
In an unusual move, Myanmar’s military government will allow diplomats to meet with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday at the end of the day’s proceeding in her continuing trial. Russian, Singaporean and Thai officials are expected to meet with the Nobel Peace Prize laureate later Wednesday, said a diplomatic source in Yangon, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The trial of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi — a proceeding that nine Nobel laureates have called "a mockery" — entered its second day Tuesday. Prosecutors continued their questioning of the 22 witnesses they have called
The president of Costa Rica announced Wednesday that he is re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba more than 47 years after one of his predecessors severed them. “The time has arrived for direct and open dialogue, for official and normal relations that should permit us to tackle our agreements and our disagreements, talking with ourselves openly and with sincerity,” President Oscar Arias said in a written statement