Venezuelan news source El Universal has reported that Manuel Zelaya said today, during his visit to Mexico, that he will support the San Jose Accord if, and only if, he is restored to power. The San Jose Accord is the second proposal Oscar Arias presented in the Costa Rica talks. It contains a clause that would force Zelaya to drop his constitutional assembly project, or nullify the entire agreement. His delegation, led by Rixi Moncada, had refused to even consider the accord when it was read to them, and simply restated that the dialogues had failed days earlier.
Zelaya could say this, because at this moment, Micheletti is saying that he will never accept Zelaya’s return as president. But The New York Times published an article last week, that reported Micheletti saying exactly the opposite of this. This view apparently came from Micheletti’s aides. It would have been a masterstroke of strategy, in my opinion for Micheletti to support the accord.
Both opponents have only toyed with moving from their staunch positions. I doubt Zelaya will really want to be back without the guarantee of a constitutional assembly project. Micheletti will not accept Zelaya as president, but only as a citizen, precisely because he doesn’t trust him to drop the constitutional assembly project, and because he will probably start a vendetta against the Honduran congress and supreme court, his enemies, the moment he returns.
Chávez has not mentioned this yet, but he won’t say anything positive about the San Jose accord this time either. He is sure to say something though, he can never stay silent.
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