Honduras Turns to U.S. to Clean Up Political Mess


The Associated Press is reporting that both sides in the face-off over Honduras' deposed president turned to the Obama administration Monday to take charge of broad diplomatic efforts that have so far failed to resolve the situation.

On July 1, The New York Times was reporting that quiet negotiations got under way in Honduras to lay the groundwork for a possible return of the nation's ousted president, Manuel Zelaya, which would have ended a series of protests that had taken part that entire week. Last Tuesday, the Department of State issued a travel alert to Honduras. According to the site, “The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the current unstable political and security situation in Honduras, and recommends that American citizens defer all non-essential travel to Honduras until further notice.”

According to today’s report, a delegation of Honduran lawmakers and backers of the new government arrived in Honduras on Monday to make their case with members of the administration and the United States Congress, while Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton planned her first meeting since the start of the crisis with Zelaya, the deposed Honduran president.