Honduras’ interim government on Sunday rejected Arias’s proposal.
While Arias warned of a civil war, the Honduran government also disauthorized the Zelaya negotiating team following Zelaya’s insistence on amending the Constitution.
Arias asked for a 72-hour extension for the negotiations to continue.
While Chavez has done his outmost to stoke the flames in Honduras with talk of civil war,
Speaking in Bolivia, Chavez said Honduras’ army would not be able to control popular pressure for Zelaya’s reinstatement. “What do they want? A civil war? The people will sweep them away,” he said.
and saying the negotiations were “dead before they started”, and Mel Zelaya was threatening to return to Honduras in secret and attempt to retake power on his own if no agreement is reached, things have cooled down a lot since Friday:
Bloomberg says it’s a “stalemate”:
Costa Rican-brokered talks to resolve a three-week political stalemate in Honduras will continue for a second day as delegations remain deadlocked over the main issue of reinstating deposed President Manuel Zelaya.
Representatives of Zelaya and acting President Roberto Micheletti, who both claim to represent the “constitutional government” of Honduras, agreed to review a seven-point proposal by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias in an attempt to reach an agreement today.
Noticias 24 says it differently: Las negociaciones de Costa Rica seguirán y Zelaya aplaza su ‘ultimatum’ hasta el 24 Negotiations will continue in Costa Rica and Zelaya postpones his ultimatum [deadline] to [July] 24th.
Here is Arias reading (in Spanish) the seven points proposal [My translation: if you use this, please credit me and link to this post]:
1. Zelaya’s legitimate reinstatement until the end of his period ending January 27 next year, when he will give up his office and allow an election overseen by the international community.
2. Forming a government of unity and national reconciliation composed by representatives of the main political parties.
3. A general amnesty on all political crimes incurred during this conflict before and after last July [sic, should be June] 28.
4. President Zelaya’s expressed resignation, and of his goverment, from attempting to place a fourth ballot box in the next elections, or to bring about any popular consultation not directly authorized by the Honduran Constitution.
5. Moving up the national election from November 29th to the last Sunday in October, and moving up the electoral campaign from early September to late August.
6. Transfer the command of the armed forces from the executive power to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal a month prior to the elections in order to guarantee transparency and normalcy of the vote, in accordance to the terms of the Honduran Constitution.
7. The formation of a Verification Commission, composed of notable Hondurans and members of international organs, especially representatives of the Organization of American States, that would watch over the compliance of these agreements and supervise the correct return to constitutional order.
Mediation talks aimed at resolving Honduras’ political crisis will resume on Sunday, a senior Costa Rican government official said on Saturday after talks broke for the day.
Pablo Gueren, adviser to the minister of the Costa Rican presidency, told reporters in San Jose the two sides in the conflict would study a proposed agreement overnight.
From my perspective, Nobel Prize winner Arias’s proposal basically throws Honduras under the bus, and point #6 contravenes the Honduran Constitution directly.