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November 11, 2009

Re "Waffling on Honduras," Editorial, Nov. 5

The Times is entitled to its opinion that Hondurans should restore ousted President Manuel Zelaya to office. But Zelaya and the head of the de facto government that replaced him, Roberto Micheletti, reached an agreement -- called the Tegucigalpa-San Jose accord-- that resulted in a different outcome than that recommended by The Times.

The accord left the decision entirely up to Congress -- meaning it might approve Zelaya's return or it might not. It also left the timing of that decision up to Congress. This was an accord negotiated by the Hondurans. It should be respected and implemented as written, not as The Times (or others in the international community) would have preferred.

Last week, Zelaya announced that the accord was null and void, even though he does not have the authority to do so. On Monday, a Micheletti representative called on Congress to vote on Zelaya's restoration. Perhaps Zelaya has counted the votes, and that is why he is reneging on the agreement before the ink is even dry?

Lanny J. Davis

Washington

The writer is an attorney and former special counsel to President Clinton who represents the Honduran Latin American Business Council.

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