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Ousted Honduran president arrives in Costa Rica, Micheletti comment

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San Jose, Costa Rica
1. Wide of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya stepping off plane at airport, accompanied by members of his government
2. Various of Zelaya greeted by Costa Rican officials on tarmac
3. Mid of Zelaya walking away, waving
4. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Manuel Zelaya, ousted President of Honduras:
“This is as if you were invited to dialogue with a criminal that raped your family and they tell you that you have to agree to certain conditions after that rape. Do you understand what I mean? Democracy is society’s right, the people’s right and those who in this case have committed the rape must, of course, present their excuses and offer to leave in the next 24 hours.”
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
5. Wide of soldiers walking in front of Presidential Palace
6. Mid of soldiers
7. Pan of interim Honduran government leader Roberto Micheletti walking into presidential hall
8. Close of Micheletti talking to future members of his cabinet
9. Cutaway of cameraman
10. Wide of Micheletti during swearing in ceremony
11. Mid of new members of cabinet waiting to be sworn in
12. Mid of swearing in ceremony
13. Mid of new members of cabinet applauding
14. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Roberto Micheletti, interim leader of Honduras:
“We’ve named the representatives that will travel to Costa Rica, you’ll know who they are after their departure, we cannot reveal a time for security reasons.”
15. Wide of Micheletti speaking to media
16. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Roberto Micheletti, interim leader of Honduras:
“Be sure that Honduras will take part in that dialogue with the previous authorities of this country.”
17. Wide of Micheletti
STORYLINE:
Honduras’ ousted President Manuel Zelaya arrived in Costa Rica late on Wednesday to meet with President Oscar Arias who is leading negotiations to end the country’s political crisis.
Speaking to reporters at the airport in San Jose, Zelaya took a hard stance, saying he was not in Costa Rica to negotiate because doing so would be like “inviting dialogue with a criminal that raped your family.”
Instead, he said the interim government under Roberto Micheletti should “present their excuses and offer to leave in the next 24 hours.”
Micheletti, who has said that Zelaya’s return to power is not negotiable, said on Wednesday that a commission would represent Honduras in Costa Rica.
He did not say if he would be part of that delegation.
Arias, a Nobel Peace Prize-winner, is taking on the formidable challenge to trying to forge a diplomatic solution to the leadership crisis in Honduras.
Zelaya and Micheletti have both agreed to accept the Costa Rican president as mediator.
The appointment of Arias was backed by the United States and announced on Tuesday by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton after she met privately with Zelaya at the US State Department.
Zelaya was forced from his presidential home in Tegucigalpa by the military at gunpoint and flown into exile on June 28.
The Organisation of American States, the United Nations and heads of state worldwide have demanded that Honduras’ interim government reinstate the democratically elected leader, who only had six months left on his term.
Soldiers overthrew Zelaya the same day he was due to hold a referendum critics said could have allowed him to modify the constitutional provision limiting presidents to a single, four-year term.
The country’s Congress says it legally made Micheletti, former head of the legislature, interim president.
The new government under Micheletti has threatened to arrest Zelaya for 18 alleged criminal acts, including treason and failing to implement more than 80 laws approved by Honduran lawmakers since he took office in 2006.

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