The deposed President of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, has vowed to return to his country next weekend. Speaking after mediation talks in Costa Rica broke down without agreement, Zelaya said the constitution and international law was behind him:
“Today, once again, those behind the coup laughed in the face of the international community, not in my face, not in the faces of the Honduran people, but at the world. They showed a lack of respect for President Oscar Arias who has acted as mediator in good faith in these talks. They also laughed at US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, after she proposed these talks in good faith,” he said. Two days of negotiations in Costa Rica broke down when the interim Honduran government rejected the idea of Zelaya returning to serve out his term as President. Negotiators warned that without agreement civil war was looming in Honduras. Zelaya was thrown out of office by a military coup on June 28th, accused of planning constitutional changes to extend his rule. Many ordinary people still support him, but his left-leaning politics have alienated the Honduran army and the wealthy elite.