Here is the latest info on the situation of the diplomatic impass down in Honduras.
Costa Rican President Oscar Arias is attempting to negociate a breakthrough. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton called Interim President Roberto Micheletti over the weekend and spoke to him. Per the Globe and Mail newspaper, State Dept spokesman P.J. Crowley stated she “helped him understand the potential consequences of a failure to take advantage of this mediation.” In other words, make the deal or else.
No deal yet, but a seven point proposal is being floated. Some points of this proposal are: 1) Allowing Zelaya to be reseated as President. 2) Moving up the 2010 elections of November of this year. 3)Establishing a National Unity Government. 4)Amnesty for all political prisoners. 5)Shifting oversight of the Honduran Military from the Executive Branch to a Supreme Electoral Tribunal.6) Zelaya dropping his desire to have a Referendum taking place, them main cause of this situation.
Zelaya said "No" but then he said "Yes." A spokeman for Interim President Micheletti said per CNN, "I'm very sorry, but the proposal as presented is unacceptable by the government of Honduras that I represent."
I say, let the Honduran Constitution and separation of powers stay intact. I understand Amnesty for Political prisoners and Zelaya dropping his request to hold an illegal referendum, but the rest is heavy handed and un-Constitutional. Can Zelaya be trusted to not use mob rule to impose his will on Honduras if he is allowed to return? No one knows. What is this so called "National Unity Government"? If it means to impose un-elected people, forget it. Switching control of the Honduran Military from the Executive Branch to a "Supreme Electoral Tribunal" sounds illegal due to the fact that under the Constitution, it falls under the Executive Branch. Changing the Constitution is the responsibility of the Congress..
Sadly, with US and now European economic pressure.bearing down, Foreign diplomats will do to Honduras that Zelaya was prevented in doing. That is, to change the Constitution and the separation of powers in order to impose an unconstitutional change in political power.
This is a prime example of stonger and larger countries and global organizations ignoring the will of a smaller, but weaker independent country. We all saw what happened to the tiny republic of Georgia last year when Russia crushed them with military force. I know that's the reality, but it's still disgusting to see.
Pofirio Diaz, the late and hated dictator of Mexico was wrong on many, many things. But he did realize the power of the United States, power today that should be helping Honduras, not destroying it. To him goes the credit of the quote :Poor Mexico, so far from God and so close to the United States."
The future is grim for Democracy in Honduras.