Clinton to meet with ousted Honduran president

Clinton to meet with ousted Honduran president Washington  - US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will meet with Honduran ousted president Manuel Zelaya on Thursday to discuss the situation in Honduras, the State Department said.

Clinton will hold talks with Zelaya while in Washington for meetings at the Organization of American States, spokesman Ian Kelly said.

Zelaya was removed from power in a June 28, military-backed coup and was replaced by Roberto Micheletti. The United States has refused to recognize Michellett's government and has temporarily suspended aid to Honduras pending a review of the country's political impasse.

Clinton has yet to reach a decision on whether more than 100 million dollars in assistance should be cut off. The US embassy in Tegucigalpa has stopped processing visas and revoked visas for Honduran officials.

"We've been working very hard with our partners in the hemisphere to reach our goal of restoring democratic and constitutional order in Honduras," Kelly said.

Micheletti has refused to allow Zelaya back into the country.

US-backed negotiations were mediated by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, but Micheletti's government has rejected Arias' compromise plan, which would put Zelaya at the head of a national reconciliation government with elections scheduled in October, one month earlier than planned. (dpa)