Negotiators restart dialogue on Honduras crisis

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Negotiators seeking an exit to the 114-day political crisis in Honduras restarted their dialogue on Monday.

On Sunday, a mission of the United Nations (UN) arrived in the country to verify the alleged human rights violations since the June 28 coup that deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya. Its presence added hope for a final solution to the prolonged crisis.

Negotiator of the post-coup de facto government Vilma Morales told local media on Monday that both sides have not established a time limit for getting a definite answer, and what is important is that "the dialogue continues."

Over the weekend the negotiating commission, consisting of representatives of both Zelaya and post-coup leader Roberto Micheletti, had internal consultations about the positions they will take at the Monday meeting.

On Friday, the commission suspended the negotiations after failing to reach an agreement on mechanisms to restore Zelaya in power.

The de facto government insists that Zelaya's restitution is a juridical issue and should be decided by the Supreme Court of Justice, while Zelaya's delegation holds that the Congress should make the final decision.

The dialogue between the two sides began on Oct. 7. While many people said Monday would be the last day of the negotiations, the advisor of the Organization of American States in Honduras, John Biehl, said that the dialogue will continue until a positive agreement is reached.

Biehl said that there will be an agreement "because there is not other tool," adding that the negotiators "are strongly fighting to achieve agreements, and that is the important part."

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