July 7th, 2009
11:32 AM ET
12 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. phoenix86

    Unbelievable the stupidity of the Obama administration. Zelaya was trying a Venezuelan type coup against the people of Honduras.

    The US government now finds itself supporting Hugo Chavez, Ivo Morales, and other far left would-be dictators. Obama believes in mob-rule, not democracy.

    This plays into the far left fringe of Chaves and Co.

    It doesn't support any type of democracy.

    July 7, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  2. Guy Next Door

    Oh yeah, shake hands and hug the Communist that wants to change the Hondoran Constitution so he can be President for life. Boy this sounds familiar.

    July 7, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I don't know how exactly we're going to get the ousted leader back in power. The military won't even let the guy land at the airport.

    July 7, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. Howard

    Why aren't Clinton and Obama backing the new government which supports democracy???

    July 7, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. Bob in Pa

    Unbelievable! The court system and legislature in Honduras settled this already. The only reason to talk to him would be if the Honduran's wanted him returned to be prosecuted.

    July 7, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. Pablo

    The guy wanted to suspend the constitution. Why wouldn't you oust him?

    July 7, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. RealityKing

    President Jose Manuel Zelaya is being rewarded by our Reset foreign policy for trying to subvert the Honduran constitution. While Iran, North Korea, Burma and Russia get passes on their totalitarian rule.

    Mindless progressive foreign policy change dictators can believe in..

    July 7, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  8. Tom Paine

    Obama didn't want to "meddle" in the Iranian elections – but he doesn't seem to have a problem meddling with Honduras. Zaleya is a Chavez clone – I guess that's all it takes for this administration to get cozy. One more thug to buddy up with.

    July 7, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  9. Adam in KC

    Wow. The Democrats are really on the wrong side of this one. Is anyone surprised?

    July 7, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. Pat F

    Wow – Hugo Chavez must so happy. Barry is backing the Socialist in his attempt to disable the Honduran democracy. What a surprise.

    July 7, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. I give up

    clinton wanted a 3rd term, maybe he can give zelaya a way to bend the rules. this guy is a socialist thug who wants to illegally seize power. barry don't you get it?

    July 7, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. Jimmy the Greek

    Glad to see the ousted leftist Chavez-wanna-be is meeting with our Chavez-wanna-be administration.

    We wouldn't want to send the message to the Honduras people that actually sticking up for your Constitution is a GOOD thing! No, let's condemn the Honduras Supreme Court, the military obeying orders, and the current leader calling for early elections.

    Bad Bad Honduras!

    July 7, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. yuri

    Theses goodwill talks between Clinton and Zelaya is onething, and his inability to return as prez. back to Honduras is another. Coup, thy name is Latin America!

    July 7, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  14. Torch

    Just like Obama, Clinton can't tell the bad guys from the good.

    the DEMS continue to amaze

    July 7, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. Bruce

    The man violated his own Constitution and the governement stripped him of his powers. I see no coup here but rest assured, Obama and his cronies, especially Clinton, will be idiotic enough to agree with the likes of South American dictators and force their will on this small country. This country is going down so fast I am embarassed to be an American. The left-wingnuts will without a doubt destory this country.

    July 7, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. rachel

    CNN POST good, Hillary was the only one who basicaly said that Zelaya wasn't totally in the right. . The guy may have wanted to run for another term which is prohibted, but let him finish out the term his is in. If people in the us are okay with a military coup taking people out of power, then we need a military coup for the mayor of NY didnt he want another term?

    July 7, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. ch

    Hillary Clinton is the anti Sarah Palin – smart, strong, confident, steady. A fighter, not a quitter!

    July 7, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  18. jaye

    Thank you Hillary – we appreciate everything you do.

    July 7, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  19. Ryan Indy

    Why wouldnt she, both are Socialist.

    July 7, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. Sniffit

    Funny how I get the strong scent of poo every time I go into a Ticker article about foreign relations...all those GOPers filling their pants out of fear is overwhelming....

    July 7, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  21. Robin

    Keep an eye what is going on in South America. It can very well be a game plan for the United States.

    Remember, Hitler was loved when he took power and we all know how that worked out for Germany.

    July 7, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  22. situations like this remind just how fragile the whole world is

    not just over seas but in our back yard (Mexico too)

    July 7, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. rob

    "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."

    The Courts and the Honduran Congress had ruled illegal. HMMMMM so Clinton will meet with Him, for what purpose, to "restore the Democratic order"? to quote the spokesman.

    Sounds to me that the Democratic people and the elected officials in Honduras are trying to stop anti "Democratic Order" like what happens in Venezuela.

    What the hell is this Administration thinking?

    July 7, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  24. I laugh at comrade Limbaugh daily

    Thanks for doing a great job Hillary,you have the rightwing jihadist republican party crying their eyes out everyday,and I love it.

    July 7, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    @ J.P., who said "Maybe Zeleya is a "constitutional scholar" who disregards his nation's constitution, too."

    HAHAHA!!! Give an example of Obama disregarding the Constitution. Please...I am begging you. Other than continuing the Bush admin's argument regarding "executive privilege" in that one case in early Feb, you can't give an example because it doesn't exist. Nothing has come of all the fear mongering about gun rights. The appointment of so-called "czars" is Constitutional...yes it is...it's occured for far too long to be changed or ruled otherwise. Putting aside that the concept is inapplicable, nothing in the Constitution prevents "soshulizm." Legislative measures like the stimulus package are 100% constitutional. What've you got other than the hypocrisy inherent in you even bringing up the accusation after all that Bush and Cheney did?

    So, once again, we have a GOPer projecting his/her own desires on the rest of us as a means of hidig their own loathing of the Constitution...unless you'd like to join us in recognizing equal rights for same-sex couples, supporting Constitutional precedent with respect to abortion rights, admitting that we're not a "krischun nashun" but a secular one, and realizing that state referendums or constitutional amendments do not allow voters to overturn the applicability of the federal Constitution in their state (it would take an amendment to the federal Constitution...have fun getting that to happen).

    July 7, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
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