July 7th, 2009
11:32 AM ET
13 years ago

Clinton to meet with deposed Honduran leader

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(CNN) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet Tuesday with deposed Honduran President Jose Manuel Zelaya, according to the State Department.

In an interview with CNN en EspaƱol Monday night, Zelaya said he will once again try to return to his homeland after a series of meetings this week in Washington.

Zelaya failed in a attempt to return Sunday after the government of provisional President Roberto Micheletti prohibited his plane from landing.

Zelaya was expected to arrive in Washington on Tuesday for meetings with U.S. and foreign officials, including Clinton, a senior U.S. official said.

"We're very focused on the need for a dialogue to restore him and to restore the democratic order," State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said.

Zelaya was ousted June 28, the day that he planned to follow through with a referendum that the courts and the Honduran Congress had ruled illegal and that the military said it would not support. Lawmakers voted to strip Zelaya of his powers and named Micheletti as president.

The United Nations, Organization of American States and United States have condemned the coup, yet international pressure to date has not proved enough for Zelaya to return to power.

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Related: Despite setback, ousted Honduran president wants to return

Updated: 11:32 a.m.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    @ phoenix86, who said "Zelaya was trying a Venezuelan type coup against the people of Honduras."

    Moron...Chavez was voted into office democratically. Moreover, when he tried to remove term limits, he did so by referendum, which the people voted down and he accepted...unlike our own Bloomberg, who is insanely popular in NY. Furthermore, the consistent farsical yackity shmackity lie from you guys about being concerned over dictatorial regimes in other countries is purely laughable after Bush basically got under Musharef's desk. Zip it.

    July 7, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. dave

    Yep, gotta keep that drug trade going!

    July 7, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. dave

    Sniffit- he decided to continue to support the patriot act. biggest abuse of the constitution.

    July 7, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. Fair is Fair

    The one-armed bandit meets the bandit.

    July 7, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. JonDie

    We need an immediate cut-off of aid to Honduras and the withdrawal of our troops. Anything less is an enforcement of a coup d'etat.

    July 7, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. LB

    Please stop comparing Zelaya to Bloomberg. Im sure if Bloomberg got turned down by the congress and supreme court for a third term he would not try to create a "constitutional assembly". This would be a group that would allow the president to bypass congress and directly ammend the constitution (pending the approval of the presidentially appointed constitutional assembly). It is illegal, an obvious power grab, and a blatant violation of the Honduran constitution which appears to have various safeguards to keep the presidents power in check.

    July 7, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. Glennis

    Do you suppose she really has her heart in it? Or is she just following orders?

    July 7, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. Phil

    Ok, I am still not understanding why our president is supporting the socialist who was removed through a non-violent coup staged by the Honduran Supreme Court and Military. This man was in league with Chavez and was trying to change the constitution of Honduras so he could run again and again. The DEA even has a file on him because he is facilitating drugs that come from Venezuela that end up in the U.S. Again, why is our president outraged at the lack of democracy. Honduras has done something Venezuela, Cuba, etc. should have already done...get rid of their crooked and tyrannical president. Maybe Obama is scared something like this could happen to him if he continues down his ever widening socialistic path. I applaud the Hondurans for standing up to this tyrant!

    July 7, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. ME AT FL

    Anyone that tries to change the Constituttion lying and deceiving the country should be treated the same way as Zelaya. Zelaya;s ties with Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro is more than enough to kick him out of the country. The Hondurasn people do not want him, this guy was elected by the people and changed through out his mandate to a communist line which Honduran people do not want. He was legally deposed as President because he violated the Constitution of Honduras, besides robbing the Honduran people, goverment and dealing with drug trafficking. Honduras does not want to become a Cuba, Nicaragua or Venezuela. Let's respect their rights!!!!

    The Obama administration should tell Zelaya to calm down and to go to live in Cuba or Venezuela that is wehre he belongs!!!!

    July 7, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. Phil

    We, I'm sorry, our government are the ones who are spitting on democracy by condemning this coup. Our president is spineless and his agenda is starting to make me fear what is coming. Our president should be applauding Honduras for keeping democracy in tact!

    July 7, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. inat

    our state department actually supports a leader who went against his country's constitution – a leader who was indicted by the Honduran supreme court – a leader who vowed to grasp and retain power against the will of the people? unbelievable.

    July 7, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. The Unshrub

    We should not be supporting that bum. He is trying to overthrow their constitution and the majority of Hondurans do not want him back. We should not be interferring.

    July 7, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. ArtNYC

    This is how radically America has changed, we are now supporting those thiefs and oppresers that try to become dictators. I thought we standed for freedom of expression and democracy, but this doesn't sound like any of that.

    July 7, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. Mike

    we should have nothing to do with this guy. He tried to violate the Honduran Constitution and the elected Honduran Legislature and Courts ousted him.
    This is the same thing that should have been done by our Legislature and Courts when Bush violated our constitution and laws for years – but of course our Legislature and Courts don't care about the Constitution.

    July 7, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. Michigan Jim

    One leftist meets another.

    There was no "coup." Zelaya repeatedly defied the Honduran Supreme Court and its Congress, and fired the head of the military when he said "no" to distributing Zelaya's illegal ballots (printed in Venezuela, by the way).

    If this was a coup, why is the new president (a) the next in the line of succession, anyway; and (b) a member of Zelaya's party?

    July 7, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    didn't not long ago have a post here that SOS Clinton was being pushed into the background by the Obama administration and that alone bought the PUMAs out bearing their fangs again. Well looks like now she has some work to do and I guess those same PUMA's can now claim Pres Obama is ordering her to work with a gimp elbow.

    July 7, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. Matt

    Maybe if Obama understood Hondouras Constitution he would see they have a clause that states when the President attempts to extend their time in office they are removed from power immediately. The coup was ordered by their court system.

    Obama should remember this because we will do the same to him if he tries to extend his term as well.

    July 7, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. Tim

    Deposed Honduran dictator. He tried to change the rules of the game in the middle of the game and everyone else told him no. Too bad we feel the need to meet with this Chavez wannabe. But it's no surprise, we'll meet with anyone, anytime.

    July 7, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  19. George

    Stop all trade with Honduras now. Do the right thing for a change!

    July 7, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. makesUwonder

    Why doesn't Obama just come out and admit it. Ilks such as Zelaya and Chavez are Obama's role models.

    July 7, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  21. Dave in Illinois

    Maybe Obama figures he'll get another book like he got from Chavez to add to his Presidential library.

    July 7, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. RS

    Gutless Wonder = Barack Obama

    July 7, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  23. Jasmine in Germany

    I wish some folks would hold their horses regarding angry comments; there's always more to the story.

    July 7, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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