The Obama administration today cut all non-humanitarian aid to Honduras over the ouster of president Manuel Zelaya, making permanent a temporary suspension of US aid imposed after he was deposed in June.The state department made the announcement as secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton was meeting with Zelaya. Spokesman Ian Kelly did not say how much assistance would be cut but officials have said previously that more than $200m is at stake. Kelly said it affected “a broad range of assistance to the government of Honduras.”“The secretary of state has made the decision, consistent with US legislation, recognising the need for strong measures in light of the continued resistance to the adoption of the San Jose Accord by the de facto regime and continuing failure to restore democratic, constitutional rule to Honduras,” Kelly said in a statement.The San Jose accord, brokered by Costa Rican president Oscar Arias, aims to return Zelaya to power with limited authority until elections now set for November. But Zelaya’s replacement, Roberto Micheletti, has refused to accept it, prompting Clinton’s decision to cut aid.Kelly said “restoration of the terminated assistance will be predicated upon a return to democratic, constitutional governance in Honduras”. He said the United States would not recognise the results of the election under current conditions and stressed it was imperative that the vote meet international standards.“That election must be undertaken in a free, fair and transparent manner,” he said. “It must also be free of taint and open to all Hondurans to exercise their democratic franchise. At this moment, we would not be able to support the outcome of the scheduled elections.”“A positive conclusion of the Arias process would provide a sound basis for legitimate elections to proceed,” Kelly said. “We strongly urge all parties to the San Jose talks to move expeditiously to agreement.”In addition to the aid cut, he said the state department would revoke the US visas of an unspecified number of Honduran officials who are backing Micheletti. The department had previously revoked the visas of four Honduran officials allied with Micheletti.It has also previously announced the suspension of nearly $20m in military and development assistance to Honduras and stopped issuing most visas at the US embassy in Honduras.