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09TEGUCIGALPA862 2009-09-01 17:05:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tegucigalpa
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TFH01: AMBASSADOR'S MEETING WITH PRESIDENT ZELAYA

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STATE FOR WHA A/S TOM SHANNON

E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/01/2019
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SUBJECT: TFH01: AMBASSADOR'S MEETING WITH PRESIDENT ZELAYA

Classified By: Ambassador Hugo Llorens, reasons 1.4 (b & d)



1. (C) The Ambassador spoke to President Manuel "Mel" Zelaya
the evening of August 31. Zelaya said he was happy to be
back in Washington and noted that this was the fifth time he
had visited the U.S. since the June 28 coup. He said he
looked forward to the opportunity to meet key players in the
U.S. and mentioned that Charge Reina had developed a good
schedule of meetings. Zelaya mentioned that he hoped to have
an opportunity to meet with Secretary Clinton. He said he
understood that there may be an opening on her schedule on
Thursday. Zelaya stressed that the one primary item on his
agenda with the Secretary, as well as in his scheduled
September 1 meeting at the OAS, was discussion of the
upcoming general elections in Honduras scheduled for November


29. Zelaya reiterated the view that if an agreement was not
reached soon under the Arias mediation, he would advocate
boycotting the Honduran election process and encourage his
supporters to stay away from the polls. He said that he was
seeking U.S. and international support against the elections
as a way to pressure the regime and the Honduran political
class to agree to restore democracy. The Ambassador said
that we still had not confirmed the meeting with the
Secretary but agreed to let the Department know of his
interest in discussing the election issue.



2. (C) The Ambassador noted that the U.S. was working very
hard with our democratic partners in support of the
restoration of his government and the re-establishment of the
democratic order in Honduras. The Ambassador cited our
strong support for President Arias' mediation efforts and our
suspension of military and development assistance. The
Ambassador also cited our recent support both in Washington
and in Tegucigalpa for the visit of the OAS Foreign Ministers
to Tegucigalpa, as well as last week's decision to close the
U.S. consulate's visa operations. He noted that this latter
measure seemed to be having a strong impact in Honduras.
Zelaya appreciated the USG's persistent opposition to the
regime. He suggested that action to revoke the visas of key
regime members would be an added and effective pressure
point. He said he understood that Brazil was about to revoke
the visas of 20 or so key members or supporters of the
Micheletti regime. He added that he understood that the
issue of visas would be discussed as well by the European
Union this week. The Ambassador told him the U.S. was also
studying this possibility and that an announcement could
conceivably come some time soon if the regime showed no
inclination to reach an agreement. Zelaya also asked whether
the U.S. planned to make a final determination on whether the
events constituted a military coup. The Ambassador responded
that our legal advisers in the Department were reviewing this
issue and some type of determination or an announcement might
also come out soon, but he did not specify what that decision
would be.
LLORENS