Deposed Honduran President Returns Home - NBC Bay Area

Deposed Honduran President Returns Home

Manuel Zelaya calls for negotiations



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    Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya, left, and his daughter Hortensia gesture to supporters from inside Brazil's embassy in Tegucigalpa, Monday, Sept. 21, 2009. Zelaya said he returned to Honduras Monday to reclaim his presidency, defying threats of arrest and summoning supporters.

    Honduras’ ousted president staged a dramatic, clandestine return to his country’s capital Monday and is evading arrest while taking shelter in Brazil’s embassy, The Associated Press reported.

    Upon his return, Manuel Zelaya immediately called for negotiations with the leaders of the interim government that forced the democratically elected president from power at gunpoint on June 28, according to the AP.

    Zelaya has urged his supporters to come to Tegucigalpa and asked the army not to attack them. Already thousands of Zelaya supporters have heeded the call, defying a 26-hour curfew and electricity outages in the Honduran capital to surround the Brazilian embassy, dance and cheer, according to the AP.

    "It is imperative that dialogue begin, that there be a channel of communication between President Zelaya and the de facto regime in Honduras," U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said ahead of a U.N. General Assembly session that kicks off today in New York.
    The U.S. has not recognized Honduras’ post-coup government as legitimate.

    Get more: AP