Canada joins OAS delegation to Honduras
Canada's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Peter Kent has been named by the Organization of American States as part of a delegation that will try to persuade the interim government in Honduras to reinstate ousted President Manuel Zelaya.
The OAS said Friday that Kent will travel to Honduras on Tuesday along with foreign ministers from Argentina, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.
They will be accompanied by senior OAS officials, including OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza.
The OAS hopes the delegation will succeed in pressuring interim President Roberto Micheletti to accept a plan proposed by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, who has been trying to mediate a solution to the political crisis.
The Arias plan would see Zelaya restored as the president of a coalition government, offer amnesty to both him and the coup leaders and hold elections a month early on Oct. 28.
The interim government insists it cannot accept any deal that would restore Zelaya to the presidency because that would violate a supreme court ruling ordering his arrest and a congressional vote removing him from office.
Micheletti says OAS delegation won't change his mind
Micheletti said the OAS delegation is welcome to come to Honduras and learn about what led to Zelaya's ouster, but insisted that he will not be persuaded to allow Zelaya's reinstatement as president.
"No one will come here to give us orders," he said.
Micheletti insists he will leave the presidency in January, when a new president would take power following previously scheduled elections in November.
Zelaya's supporters continued nationwide marches Friday to pressure for his return to power.
Interim leaders have vowed to arrest Zelaya if he sets foot in his homeland on four charges of violating the constitution.
All charges stem from Zelaya ignoring a supreme court order and attempting to hold a referendum asking Hondurans if they want a special assembly to rewrite the constitution. Many people felt he wanted to jettison the constitutional provision that limits presidents to a single term, although Zelaya denied it.
With files from The Associated Press