Zelaya says yes, interim government says no to Arias' mediation proposal
Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya on Saturday said "yes" to Costa Rican President Oscar Arias ' mediation proposal of setting up a coalition government, while the post-coup interim government refused to put Zelaya back into office, Xinhua reported.
Zelaya said on Saturday on Radio Globo that he is in favor of the establishment of a power-sharing "government of reconciliation, " as proposed by Arias, designated mediator for the Honduras political crisis.
He also said that he would go back to Honduras within days despite the arrest order issued by his opponents, who forced him into exile on June 28 in a military coup.
During the second round of talks between the Zelaya side and the de facto Honduran government, held here on Saturday, the interim government's delegation rejected Arias' suggestion on Zelaya's return to power, even under conditions of a political amnesty.
Officials from the interim government told reporters that a "no " will be the answer to the proposal of Zelaya's reinstatement.