After nearly three months in exile, ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya has reportedly returned to his home turf, although his exact whereabouts were unclear on Monday. Meanwhile, the U.S. government is still putting pressure on current leader Roberto Micheletti and his camp to restore Zelaya to power. —KA
Zelaya’s announced return comes as the United States has stepped up its call for the current Honduran government run by de facto leader Roberto Micheletti to restore Zelaya to power.
Kelly on Monday reiterated the U.S. position on Zelaya, saying, “We believe that he’s the democratically elected and constitutional leader of Honduras.”
Zelaya was seized by the Honduran military in his pajamas and sent into exile on June 28.
Earlier this month, the United States revoked the visas of the beleaguered country’s leader, Roberto Micheletti, 14 supreme court judges and others.
The United States also said it was terminating all non-humanitarian aid to Honduras in a bid to pressure the interim government to end the political turmoil and accept the terms of the San Jose Accord, which was brokered by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias. The accord calls for Zelaya’s return to power.