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Honduras Zelaya won't accept coup leaders in unity gov-aide

TEGUCIGALPA, July 18 (Reuters) - Deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya will not accept any leaders of the June 28 coup that ousted him forming part of an eventual unity government, a close adviser said on Saturday in an apparent step back from an earlier comment by Zelaya.

“The president can talk about a reconciliation government, but not one that includes people who took part in the coup,” Allan Fajardo, a close adviser accompanying Zelaya in Managua told Reuters by telephone. “There can be no coupmongers.”

He said Zelaya also agreed with the proposal that he be reinstated to serve out the rest of his term, but that other proposals by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias were still subject to negotiation.

Zelaya said earlier on Saturday he agreed with a proposal by mediator Costa Rica to form a national unity government, telling Radio Globo, “We agree with it, but only as long as all the powers of the state are integrated into it.” (Reporting by Simon Gardner; Editing by Peter Cooney)