Honduras negotiating teams agree on talks agenda

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The negotiating teams representing Manuel Zelaya, deposed from Honduras' presidency in a June 28 coup, and Roberto Micheletti, who took power after the coup, on Thursday drew up an agenda for talks to end the nation's political crisis, but Zelaya's restoration to power remains "a dead point."

"An agenda has already been agreed, we are discussing the first point and we have agreed a deadline of Oct. 15," said Victor Meza, who leads Zelaya's team. The teams had ended the first round of meetings and had left to report back. They will restart talks at 4:00 p.m. local time.

Meza said he was moderately optimistic that Zelaya would be returned to power before elections planned for Nov. 29. He added that discussions had begun on the San Jose accords, but that these were not rigid and need a reaccommodation.

"The dialogue aims to agree positions and find points in common," he said.

Micheletti's representative, Arutor Corrales, contradicted Meza saying that no point of discussion was considered dead.

"If they continue to come to talks, there are no dead points. The goal is find a solution, not to restore Zelaya," he said. "They have proposed restitution and we have proposed a non restitution."

Discussions began earlier on Thursday as a team of foreign ministers from the Organization of American States (OAS) left Honduras after a snap visit. Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza led the team.

Micheletti's team consists of Armando Aguilar Cruz, businessman Arturo Corrales and Vilma Morales, the former leader of the nation's Supreme Court. Zelaya's team is composed of labor minister Mayra Mejia, union leader Juan Barahona and interior minister Victor Meza.

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