ULTIMATUM

Diplomats: Honduras Has Three Days

After a marathon closed-door session, the Organization of American States has announced that Honduras has three days to restore its ousted president, Manuel Zeyala -- or face suspension from the group. The ultimatum pits the entire region unanimously against Honduras' interim president, who has brushed off international condemnation and said that only force will unseat him. “We need to show clearly that military coups will not be accepted," said Jose Miguel Insulza, the organization's secretary general. "We thought we were in an era when military coups were no longer possible in this hemisphere.” The meeting marked the first time the organization had invoked its so-called Democratic Charter, adopted in 2001 as a clean break with the region’s history of authoritarian rule.