Wednesday, November 11, 2009

NY/HELP Meeting Sunday, November 15

Our next NY/HELP meeting will be Sunday, November 15, 2009 at 2PM at the Arcade United Church of Christ. Any and all who are interested are invited. Use the back door and we meet in the first door to the left.

We will review the August 2009 trip and discuss arrangements for the Feb 2010 trip. We will also need to discuss Yovany & Sustainable Harvest's coming change of focus from the La Laguna area to Sulaco and how this will affect our mission trips.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

On Again - Off Again

From LaPrensa at 11am this morning. English translation is below the Spanish.

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Los representantes del depuesto presidente de Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, y del de facto Roberto Micheletti, podrían reanudar hoy el diálogo para la integración del Gobierno de unidad, tras el fracaso del primer intento en ese sentido el pasado jueves. Jorge Arturo Reina, miembro de la Comisión de Verificación en representación de Zelaya, dijo hoy a los periodistas que el diálogo se podría reanudar al mediodía. Agregó que "hay un preacuerdo" para volver a la mesa de diálogo alcanzado al parecer tras extensas conversaciones mantenidas ayer viernes con los miembros de la Comisión de Verificación, la representación de la OEA y el embajador de Estados Unidos en Tegucigalpa, Hugo Llorens, entre otros, enmarcadas en el Acuerdo Tegucigalpa-San José.
En términos similares se expresó Arturo Corrales, representante de Micheletti en la Comisión de Verificación. Corrales afirmó que "el diálogo sigue", pero no precisó si se reanudará este mediodía, aunque dejó entrever que así sería.

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

The representatives of the deposed President of Honduras Manuel Zelaya and the de facto president Roberto Micheletti, said that the dialogue could resume today for the integration of the unity government, following a failed first attempt in that direction Thursday.
Jorge Arturo Reina, a member of the Credentials Committee representing Zelaya, said to reporters that the dialogue could resume at noon. He added that "there is a pre-agreement" to return to the negotiating table apparently reached after extensive discussions yesterday Friday with members of the Credentials Committee, the representation of the OAS and the U.S. ambassador in Tegucigalpa, Hugo Llorens, between others, framed in Tegucigalpa-San José Agreement.
Arturo Corrales, Micheletti representative on the Credentials Committee, expressed similar terms. Corrales said that "the dialogue continues," but did not say whether it will resume at noon today, but hinted that it would.

Vote Postponed on Deal to End Crisis

According to the deal worked out earlier, Manuel Zelaya and Roberto Micheletti had agreed to let Congress vote on whether to return Zelaya to the presidency, as the international community has been demanding. But congressional leaders, who backed the coup, have yet to call a vote. The accord had also required forming a temporary "unity cabinet" with representatives of both sides. It seems now that Micheletti has put together a "unity" cabinet without Zelaya or any of his supporters. This is from the Buffalo News 11/7/09

According to this morning's LaPrensa Micheletti announced Thursday (11/5) a "hold" during the weekend to finalize the Government of Unity and National Reconciliation following the refusal of deposed Manuel Zelaya to participate in the new cabinet.

There seem to be conflicting stories on why the unity cabinet has not been formed.

Barbara Joe, a returned Peace Corps volunteer who has been keeping close track of the situation on her blog - listed below.