I wonder if the media covering the late-night Zelaya press conferences were served sandwiches and coffee.
Mel Zelaya was giving press conferences late last night, much to the delight of the media who I’m sure loved having to be there as opposed to elsewhere:
Ousted Honduras leader gives talks until midnight
An ultimatum from ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya left little room for compromise in U.S.-backed talks Saturday aimed at resolving a crisis that has become the latest test for democracy in Latin America.
Zelaya, who was forced into exile in a June 28 military coup, gave negotiators meeting in Costa Rica until midnight to restore him to office, threatening to return to Honduras in secret and attempt to retake power on his own if no agreement is reached. He indicated he would reject any power-sharing agreement, a proposal to be discussed at the talks.
“If at that time, there is no resolution to that end, I will consider the negotiations in Costa Rica a failure,” Zelaya said at a news conference Friday night at the Honduran embassy in Nicaragua. “I am going back to Honduras, but I am not going to give you the date, hour or place, or say if I’m going to enter through land, air or sea.”
He did not say what steps he would subsequently take.
His former foreign minister was chatting with the press, too, but at least she picked an earlier time of day (h/t Ace):
Aide: Zelaya to set up government seat in Honduras
A top aide to Manuel Zelaya says the ousted president will set up government headquarters inside Honduras, from which he will lead the “final battle” against coup leaders.
Patricia Rodas, foreign minister of Zelaya’s toppled government, says Zelaya is en route to Honduras but she did not provide details as to where he plans to set up the alternative seat of government. Zelaya himself will announce it when he deems appropriate.
Rodas spoke Thursday after arriving in the Bolivian capital of La Paz aboard the plane of leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Chavez is an ally of both Chavez and left-leaning Bolivian President Evo Morales.
Sounds to me he’s saying he’ll be leading a battle… mañana. We’ll see what the weekend brings. The negotiations are scheduled to resume today.
Prior posts on Honduras/Zelaya here