- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 13, 2009

HONDURAS

Zelaya unsure about return to power

TEGUCIGALPA | Ousted President Manuel Zelaya said Monday that he did not believe the military-supported government of interim President Roberto Micheletti would let him return to power, a key part of negotiations to end the months-long political crisis.

On Tuesday, representatives of Mr. Zelaya and the Micheletti government regime are to negotiate the final details of an Organization of American States-brokered deal that is hung up on the thorniest point - Mr. Zelaya’s reinstatement.

Mr. Zelaya was ousted from the country at gunpoint in a June 28 military coup by soldiers enforcing an arrest warrant from the Honduran Supreme Court.

He sneaked back into the country and has been at the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa, surrounded by soldiers and riot police, since Sept. 21.

ARGENTINA

President seeking trade with India

BUENOS AIRES | Argentine President Cristina Fernandez starts an official three-day visit to India on Wednesday with a trade mission and plans to sign bilateral accords, the foreign ministry said Sunday.

Mrs. Fernandez, who began her trip late Saturday, was scheduled to meet with her Indian counterpart, Pratibha Devisingh Patil, and with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The Argentine president, who plans to visit New Delhi and Mumbai, also will meet with Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, with the head of the Congress Party and ruling coalition Sonia Gandhi, and leaders of other parties.

More than 50 Argentine companies are taking part in the trade mission part of the trip.

Bilateral trade is now worth $1.2 billion a year, more than double what it was just over five years ago.

India is Argentina’s second most important trade partner in Asia after China.

MEXICO

Pacific storm heads to Baja California

MEXICO CITY | Tropical Storm Patricia churned toward the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula Monday and was forecast to hit land late Tuesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

The 16th named storm of in the eastern Pacific hurricane season, Patricia was packing winds near 45 mph and was expected to strengthen over the next day.

On Monday, the storm’s center was about 265 miles south of Baja California’s tip, home to the popular tourist resort Los Cabos.

Most of Mexico’s oil installations are in the Gulf of Mexico so Pacific storms rarely threaten oil production or exports.

MEXICO

Electric utility disbanded

MEXICO CITY | President Felipe Calderon on Sunday disbanded the public utility that supplies electricity to Mexico City and the surrounding area, citing a gaping budget hole that threatened service to 25 million consumers.

About 500 federal police seized the Mexico City offices of the electricity company Luz y Fuerza del Centro, hours before the government published a decree documenting severe financial and operational inefficiencies at the electricity provider.

Luz y Fuerza is a state-run company that services Mexico City and parts of four central states, but business decisions were largely dictated by a powerful labor union that was locked in a dispute with Mr. Calderon’s government. The 66,000-member union promised protests to resist the move in the coming days.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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