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Diplomats Search for Political Solution to Honduras Standoff

Amid continuing protests in support of deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, diplomats are attempting to negotiate a peaceful resolution with the country's new leader. A New York Times reporter gives an update on the situation.

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  • GWEN IFILL:

    For more on the situation, we are joined in Honduras by Marc Lacey. He covers Central America for the New York Times.

    Marc, welcome. Bring us up to date on what's been happening there today.

  • MARC LACEY, New York Times:

    Well, it's good to be with you. So yesterday — yesterday was just a stunning day, a really dramatic day. I was at the airport. There were thousands of supporters of the ousted president there.

    And, all of a sudden, a plane appeared, a charter plane, and it swooped down low over the airport. Cheers rang out. But the airport was blocked by police and soldiers. It couldn't land. And so this country remains in a standoff. There are still two people who claim to be president of Honduras.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Well, now, we heard today, for instance, that Secretary of State Clinton has said that at some point this week she will meet with — I guess we call him the ousted president — Manual Zelaya here in Washington. Is that what you're hearing?

  • MARC LACEY:

    Yes, yes. That meeting is supposed to go ahead tomorrow, and I think that's significant. There's also a delegation from Honduras of congresspeople and others who support the government, the interim government here. They are on their way to Washington today.

    So it appears that people are talking in Washington. We still don't know how this is going to end. We don't know what the solution is. Both sides are really digging in their heels, but there's at least talk going on, and so that's considered a sign of hope.