Honduras' Zelaya arrives in Panama representing nation
Honduras' President Manuel Zelaya, who was forced into exile by a Sunday military coup in his country, arrived in Panama on Wednesday to take part in the swearing in ceremony of Panama's new president, Ricardo Martinelli, Xinhua reported.
Zelaya arrived on a plane from U.S. capital Washington and is continuing to represent his nation in official events, following widespread international backing. He was accompanied by Patricia Rodas, his government's foreign minister, and her Venezuelan counterpart, Nicolas Maduro.
Upon arrival he repeated the agreements made with the Organization of American States (OAS) at its Washington headquarters. The OAS had given the post-coup government 72 hours to reinstate him, or face expulsion from the body. As part of the same decision, Zelaya will postpone his return to Honduras 72 hours to the weekend, instead of Thursday, as originally planned.
Martinelli is also hosting presidents Alvaro Uribe, of neighboring Colombia; Leonel Fernandez, of the Dominican Republic; Felipe Calderon, of Mexico; and Oscar Arias of Costa Rica.