U.S. to Honduras: Restore Zelaya, or else

The Associated PressJuly 21, 2009 

— The United States is turning up pressure on the Honduran government installed by a coup -- and the businessmen who support it -- warning that they will face severe sanctions if ousted President Manuel Zelaya is not restored to power.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called interim President Roberto Micheletti to say there would be serious consequences if his government ignores international mediation for Zelaya's return.

Her call on Sunday came as talks mediated by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias stalled due to the refusal of Micheletti's delegates to accept demands for Zelaya's return.

The European Union added to the pressure on Monday by announcing it was suspending $93.1 million in aid to Honduras.

No government has recognized Micheletti.

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