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Zelaya meets with OAS to discuss response to coup

Zelaya meets with OAS to discuss response to coup

Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya met Tuesday night with envoys to the Organization of American States to discuss what Argentina's foreign minister called an urgent and dangerous situation in Honduras.
Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana and other Western Hemisphere ambassadors waited for 3 1/2 hours as Zelaya made his way from New York, where earlier in the day the U.N. General Assembly denounced the military coup that drove him from power Sunday. They demanded his immediate return to office.
In a clear threat, Taiana, who was presiding over a special session of the 34-nation assembly, said if the diplomatic approach does not prevail, "we have to take the decision to suspend Honduras in its rights and duties in this organization."
When Zelaya arrived at the OAS building on Constitution Avenue, within blocks of the White House, he met first with Secretary-General Jose Miguel Insulza off the Americas Hall. The special session of the organization's General Assembly was scheduled to resume after the private meeting.
The OAS was expected to challenge the coup, which Zelaya has called brutal and the work of "a small group of usurpers" that carried out "an act of aggression attacking the democratic will of the people."
Among the options under discussion was having the presidents of Argentina and Ecuador accompany Zelaya on a return trip home on Thursday to challenge the coup. However, Roberto Micheletti, named by Honduras' Congress as the new president, said Zelaya could be met with an arrest warrant.
The U.N. adopted a resolution calling on all 192 U.N. member states not to recognize any government in Honduras other than Zelaya's.
Earlier, at the White House, press secretary Robert Gibbs said there are no plans to recall the U.S. ambassador to Honduras.
The United States said it saw no acceptable solution to Zelaya's ouster other than returning him to power. State Department spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters that the U.S. was still reviewing whether to cut off aid to the Central American nation.
Thomas Shannon, the top U.S. diplomat for the Americas, planned to meet with Zelaya during his visit.