Ousted Honduran president Zelaya steps into homeland; US slams move

July 25, 2009 01:39


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Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya on Friday stepped across the border into his homeland, vowing to reclaim his post a month after soldiers flew him into exile. Wearing his trademark white cowboy hat, Zelaya walked up to a sign reading "Welcome to Honduras" and smiled to cheering supporters at the remote mountain pass surrounded by banana trees. He stepped a few steps into Honduran territory, speaking to nearby military officials on his mobile phone, but soon returned to Nicaragua and said he was ready to return to the negotiating table. US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called Zelaya's trip "reckless." International leaders have urged Zelaya not to return to Honduras out of fear it would lead to bloodshed, but Zelaya said he had no choice after US-backed talks with the coup-installed government failed to reinstate him.

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