TEGUCIGALPA, July 7 (Xinhua) -- Former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya may return home next month, local newspaper El Heraldo reported Thursday.
His return would be "sooner than expected," Andres Pavon, coordinator of the Honduran Human Rights Committee, was quoted as saying.
Rodil Rivera, a spokesman for the former president, said he believes Zelaya would return before the end of this year, the report said.
General Secretary of the Organization of American States (OAS) Jose Miguel Insulza has been in talks with the former Honduran president in the Dominican Republic since the last weekend. He also met Honduran President Porfirio Lobo in Miami. The meetings are designed to negotiate Zelaya's return.
In May, Lobo said he was willing to go to the Dominican Republic and accompany Zelaya home, adding that he hopes his predecessor would return voluntarily at any time.
In June 2009, Zelaya was ousted in a military coup, which was widely condemned within the international community. In the following November, the National Party's candidate Lobo won the presidential election and was inaugurated in January. Zelaya and his family were then allowed to go to the Dominican Republic.