Former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, who was forcibly exiled to Costa Rica on June 28 by military forces acting on the orders of the Honduran Supreme Court after he made plans to hold a referendum in defiance of the Court and Congress, has secretly returned to Honduras.
Deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, who was ordered to step down by his nation's Supreme Court and Congress and forcibly exiled from the country on June 28, has stated his intention to cross the Nicaraguan-Honduran border on July 24.
Outside forces continued to put pressure on the new Honduran government headed by President Roberto Micheletti on July 20, as Costa Rican President Oscar Arias continued in his role to "negotiate" a settlement between Micheletti and ousted president Manuel Zelaya.
Honduran leader Roberto Micheletti, who was installed as president of the Central American country by the nation's Congress on June 28, told reporters on July 15 that he would be willing to step down, provided that ousted President Jose Manuel Zelaya relinquishes his claims to the presidency.
Ousted Honduran leader Manuel Zelaya — whose attempt to return to Honduras two days earlier was thwarted when the new government blocked the runways at Tegucigalpa's airport — traveled to Washington on July 7 for a meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
A plane provided by Venezuela's Marxist strongman Hugo Chavez ferried the ousted president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, from Washington to the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa on July 5, only to find the airport runway blocked by military vehicles.
The UN General Assembly on June 30 adopted a resolution by acclamation — sponsored by Bolivia, Venezuela, Mexico, and the United States, among other UN members — condemning the coup "that has interrupted the democratic and constitutional order and the legitimate exercise of power in Honduras, and resulted in the removal of the democratically elected president," Jose Manuel Zelaya Rosales.
The world's leftists — ranging from internationalists, to Marxists, to confirmed communist Fidel Castro — ostracized the new Honduran government of Roberto Micheletti installed by the nation's congress on June 28.
Acting on the orders of the Honduran Supreme Court, on June 28 a military force detained the nation's president, Manuel Zelaya, and took him to an air force base, where he was taken by plane into exile in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in Mexico on March 25 for a two-day visit that will include stops in Mexico City and Monterrey. The State Department website posted a statement: "While in Mexico, Secretary Clinton will discuss a broad range of bilateral and international issues of mutual interest, including cooperation under the Merida Initiative." The Washington Post reported that in addition to anti-drug cooperation, Clinton's visit will also include discussions on trade, energy, and the upcoming summit of the G-20 nations.