Ousted President Manuel Zelaya has failed in an attempt to return to Honduras but vows to try again Monday or Tuesday.
A Venezuelan jet carrying him to Honduras from Washington today
was unable to land at the airport outside Honduras' capital. The
military had stationed vehicles on the runway and the pilot decided
it was too dangerous to try to land. Zelaya's plane flew instead to
neighboring Nicaragua en route to El Salvador.
Zelaya had been in Washington for a meeting of the Organization
of American States, which has condemned the June 28 coup that sent
him into exile. The ouster has the backing of Honduras' Congress
and Supreme Court. The interim government accuses him of treason
and vows to arrest him if he does return.
The Obama administration is trying to work out a
behind-the-scenes end to the standoff and reports signs of
Thousands of Zelaya's backers converged on the airport Sunday,
confronting government security forces. One man was shot to death
and at least 30 people were injured.