According to this report, questioned various times about why the US does not clarify explicitly its support for the immediate return to power of Zelaya, Ian Kelly-- wait for it-- "did not respond directly".
But he is quoted as saying (updated with transcript on Dept. of State Website quote):
I mean, we haven’t changed our policy. We have senior officials still involved in trying to get the two sides to – not to agree, but to implement something they’ve already agreed to, all right? I think we’re very – we remain very much involved in the process.According to the report he added:
We can still do things.Um... well, sure, you can do "things", but not what is really needed, super-statesman.
You can't turn back the clock so that the dissident parties in Honduras think the election coming in less than two weeks is legitimate. And the fact that the pact fell apart should be squarely attributed to the US State Department's premature statement that it would recognize the elections, come what may.
And you cannot go back in time and redo this whole botched crisis so as to gain positive regard in Latin American countries where what Zelaya said in his letter resonates: the rhetoric they heard from Obama in Trinidad and Tobago has yet to be matched to action. No one is under illusions that the US stepped aside to let Latin America settle this thing multilaterally. It has US fingerprints from start to sadly mangled finish.
The AFP report quotes a "US government source under anonymity" as saying Zelaya's letter will be responded to with a "missive" in return, in terms being worked out within the US State Department. Now, that will be the letter to see...