Honduras Honduras rebuffed a personal appeal from the Americas’ top international diplomat Friday, refusing to reinstate President Manuel Zelaya and setting the stage for a dramatic showdown if the ousted leader returns to reclaim power this weekend.
Jose Miguel Insulza, who heads the Organization of American States, said the hemispheric body would decide today whether to suspend Honduras, a move that could lead to further sanctions against one of the Latin Americas’ poorest countries and encourage other organizations and countries to halt aid and loans.
The OAS chief had flown to Honduras on Friday to demand that the interim government restore Zelaya before this morning’s deadline. Zelaya was ousted in a military-backed coup Sunday and flown into exile, but the world community has rallied around him to demand his return to office.
Insulza said Honduran officials gave him documents showing that charges are