The Obama administration was right to let Latin America take the lead in resolving the Honduran crisis, first through the OAS and, after Zelaya's failed attempt to return home, through the mediation efforts of Costa Rica's Nobel Peace Prize-winning president, Oscar Arias. But the talks broke up after two days of impasse, and the clock is ticking. Chavez has expressed doubts about the Arias negotiations, and Zelaya is threatening another return -- a move that could put his life and others' at risk. It's time the United States put more superpower pressure on the Honduran establishment.
European Union and recall the U.S. ambassador.
Negotiations are the only solution, and we hope that all of Latin America will throw its support behind Arias to return Zelaya to the presidency. Zelaya should give up on his proposed referendum to tamper with the constitution and on the idea of extending presidential term limits, in exchange for Micheletti leaving office. Both sides, it seems, are going to need guarantees of amnesty. If that's the cost of a negotiated solution, so be it. Failure to return to constitutional order would send a signal to the rest of Latin America that once again political problems can be solved with an old-style coup. And for Honduras, it would mean protracted social conflict, the erosion of the legitimacy of government institutions and, quite possibly, demand for a constitutional assembly of the sort the elites had hoped to stave off with a coup.