The meeting of the delegates and members of the Honduran government
Photo: El Heraldo, Honduras
Photo: El Heraldo, Honduras
I so wish that the "dialogue" itself was televised. I think it would give Hondurans, as well as whatever small part of the world who is interested, great insight into what is really going on here, who are the ones looking out for the best interest of Honduras and who are looking out their their personal interests, as well as who is willing to negotiate.
I watched an hour and half meeting with the chancellors after the Honduran dialogue finished for the day.
Same old, same old. "We are here to help. Sign the San Jose Accord or else."
Insulza was most concerned about Zelaya's creature comforts and wanted him moved to more comfortable quarters. I will say that Insulza was more respectful and less demanding than he was in his opening comments.
I'll paraphrase the other comments:
The dialogue is going wonderfully, we are only here to facilitate, sign the San Jose Accord, restore Mel Zelaya or else.
The San Jose Accord is only a base to start the dialogue, it's not written in stone, but sign it or else.
We will respect any agreement reached by the Hondurans in dialogue, as long as it is the San Jose Accord. Don't forget, the whole world is united against you.
We are not here to tell Honduras what to do. We are here to help.
Wash, rinse, repeat.
A few points of light were:
I'm not entirely sure, but I think that Guatemala was the only one which said they would support a Honduran solution − without demanding the San Jose Accord. Maybe I missed it or maybe it went without saying. I'm sure there will be AP and Reuters article out shortly.
Peter Kent of Secretary of State of Canada referred to a "symbolic" reinstatement of Zelaya. He also agreed that we must have a responsible media (referring to the two stations which were temporarily stopped from broadcasting).
Bruno Stagno of Costa Rica affirmed that the important thing is that an agreement is reached between Hondurans.
Some of the comments by Honduras President Roberto Micheletti, paraphrased:
We have been asking you to listen to us for three months.
There has not been one single murder which can be attributed to the military or police.
You don't know what happened and you don't want to know what happened.
(Referring to the corruption and international aid) The proof is there. Why don't you ask where is the $250 millions dollars for the reduction of poverty. Where is the reduction in poverty? Millions of it was your money. Ask him where it went. Where did it go?
(Referring to Oscar Arias' insult of calling the Honduras constitution a monstrosity) It may be a monstrosity, but this monstrosity has kept our country in peace and tranquility for 27 years.
There is no manner in which elections on November 29 will be stopped unless someone attacks or invades us.
Any solution must be within the rule of law and constitution of Honduras.
A comment from my blogging friend Gerardo: "We will tell our children about how one man fought for our constitution against all odds. I have always voted for the nationalist party, but Micheletti is a true hero on the same league with Morazan."