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Gains reported in talks to end stalemate

October 10, 2009

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— Rival factions in the bitter Honduran political stalemate emerged from negotiations Friday reporting substantial progress, although no agreement on restoring ousted President Manuel Zelaya.

The two teams of negotiators ended four hours of private talks with representatives of both sides saying agreement had been reached on 60 percent of the issues covered under an international plan for resolving the crisis.

“We’ve made progress on many points and on many very important points,” said Vilma Morales, a negotiator for the government of interim President Roberto Micheletti, who came to power June 28 when the military detained Zelaya and sent him into exile.

Zelaya negotiator Mayra Mejia concurred, saying that “we’ve made substantial progress” in meetings she described as “very cordial.”

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