U.S. will back mediation efforts in Honduras

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that the U.S. will support mediation efforts in Honduras, CNN reports.

Clinton met with exiled leader Manuel Zelaya on Tuesday in D.C. after Zelaya's efforts to return to Honduras on Monday were foiled and he was forced to land in Nicaragua.

The mediation efforts would be led by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias. It appears that interim president Roberto Micheletti is willing to participate.

"We hope this process can begin as soon as possible," Clinton said.

Zelaya was thrown out of the country in a military coup on June 28. President Obama has denounced the ouster.

Not all U.S. lawmakers have condemned the coup, though, because they say Zelaya was violating the constitution. Most recently, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) tweeted this on Tuesday:
I regret the military takeover in Honduras, but it's clear President Zelaya was in violation of his country's constitution.

And Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has also defended Zelaya's ouster.

jeremy.jacobs@thehill.com