A Nobel Peace Prize winner has agreed to mediate a diplomatic solution to the leadership crisis in Honduras.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the appointment Costa Rica President Oscar Arias after meeting privately with deposed Honduras President Manuel Zelaya at the State Department. Arias won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 for efforts to help end Central America's civil wars.
She welcomed the news that Zelaya had agreed to the mediation and would not again try to force his way back to Honduras as he did over the weekend.
"I just finished a productive meeting with President Zelaya, we discussed events of the last nine days and the road ahead," Clinton told reporters. "I reiterated to him that the United States supports the restoration of the Democratic constitutional order in Honduras."
CBN News spoke with Marco Caceres of Project Honduras about the country's government and a bigger issue involving other Latin American countries. Click here to watch his comments.
"We continue to support regional efforts through the OAS (Organization of American States) to bring about a peaceful resolution that is consistent with the terms of the inter-American democratic charter," she said.
Zelaya, who flies to Costa Rica on Wednesday, and interim President Roberto Micheletti have both agreed to Arias intervening.
Zelaya was ousted before a referendum his opponents thought would enable him to move the country toward socialism.
CBN News spoke with Marco Caceres, co-founder of Project Honduras, about the situation.
"Honduras is essentially a chess piece in my view. It's part of a broader strategy that's being pushed by Chavez and the leaders of other countries like Nicaragua, Ecuador, Bolivia and a few others," Caceres said. "It's an effort to create essentially an alternative system in Latin America."
Earlier this week, Zelaya's plane was turned away from landing back in Honduras.