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Honduran President-Elect Lobo Meets With Arias In Costa Rica

The president-elect of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo, met  Tuesday in San Josť with Costa Rican president, Oscar Arias, and Panama's president, Ricardo Martinelli, both of whom have recognized his victory in last month's elections.

Lobo told reporters that there should be amnesty for all those involved in the June 28 coup d'etat and that the amnesty would end the five month crisis and allow Manuel Zelaya to leave the Brazilian embassy in Tegugicalpa, where he has taken refuge since returning to Honduras on the sly in September.

Zelaya was ousted on June 28 when he was taken to San Josť by the Honduran military. De facto leader Roberto Martinelli took the helm in Honduras and defied pressure to reinstate Zelaya.

The United States and Brazil have been pushing for Zelaya's return to office but his fate remains uncertain after the Honduran Congress voted last week not to allow him to finish his term that ends in January.

Zelaya continues at the Brazilian embassy, saying he will stay there as long as his hosts let him, while soldiers maintain a ring around the embassy.

Following the two hour meeting, Arias and Martinelli promised Lobo that they will do what is necessary to get the international community to recognize Lobo as Honduras' president come January 27, 2010.

Arias and Martinelli have met several times following Panama's elections asked Lobo to commit himself to a series of conditions that would be necessary for his recognition by the international community that include the resignation of Roberto Micheletti and that Zelaya be reinstated before Lobo is sworn in to office.

"The Honduran people cannot be punished any longer. I don't want to see Honduras become the Albania of Central America, isolated from the rest of the world", said Arias to the press from his home in Rohrmoser.

Arias added that neither he or Martinelli will be travelling to other countries to gather support for Lobo, but would use technology to that end.

Arias also confirmed that he got a call today from US State Secretary Hilary Clinton and the need to have Lobo recognized.

Panama's President Ricardo Martinelli (L), Costa Rica's President Oscar Arias (C) and Honduras' President-elect Porfirio Lobo pose for a photograph after a meeting in San Jose December 8, 2009. Arias and Martinelli said they recognized the results of last month's presidential elections in Honduras.




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