Global Exchange Peace Talk Report (round 6) Sep 12

Harry M. Cleaver hmcleave at
Tue Sep 12 17:14:40 MDT 1995

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Date: Tue, 12 Sep 1995 15:22:06 -0700
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Subject: Global Exchange Peace Talk Report (round 6)

	By Margaret O'Shea, Global Exchange Peace Center

	The sixth round of peace talks concluded on September 11,
1995 with an announcement at 1:00 a.m. that consensus had
been reached by parties on the procedural rules for the peace
talks and that the dialogue would move to a second stage on
October1. Unfortunately, no agreements were made on distension
(e.g. disarmament and army withdrawal) yet. To be discussed
beginning on October 1st is a work table to negotiate the themes
of indigenous culture and rights. The Zapatista and federal
government delegates agreed to come back to the table formally
on October 17 in San Andres Larrainzar, Chiapas.

	This is a remarkable step because it is the first time, since
talks initiated on April 9 of this year, that the two sides reached
consensus and signed agreements. Reports are that the
negotiations were exhaustive, spanning six days of 14-22 hour
days, and more than 20 documents were exchanged.

	It must be highlighted that contrary to some reports, the
government delegates did not agree to negotiating national
themes or problems which led to the Zapatista uprising. Who will
be present at the table next month (that is, whether other 'social
actors' will be invited to participate) and what themes will be
pounded out are matters pending for the next round. It is
premature to say at this point. Comandante Tacho stated that he
can't call it a triumph yet. Comandante Zebedeo remarked: 'The
day is dawning with a new light'. The feeling on the ground here
is one of reserved optimism, especially after the crisis of the last
dialogue talks when the government delegation withdrew their
proposals from the table. What is noteworthy this time is that
apparently the government delegation conceded and did not
prevail in their previous tactic of only negotiating proposals
suggested by their side. Sources say that mediation by CONAI
(led by Bishop Samuel Ruiz) and COCOPA (legislators appointed to
support the mediation) was key during this session.
NOTE from Global Exchange Mexico Program:


There continues to be a great need for experienced, Spanish
speaking volunteers to live in Civilian Peace Camps the areas
occupied by the Mexican Army.  The army continues to maintain
a very heavy presence close to villages in many parts of eastern
Chiapas.  If you are interested in volunteering as a human rights
witness or know qualified people who might want to do so, please

Ted Lewis, Mexico program director
Global Exchange
2017 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA  94110

(415) 255-7296 phone
(415) 255-7498 fax

email:  globalexch at  (please include physical address)

Global Exchange also sponsors one week human rights delegations
to Chiapas.  These delegations give participants an overview of
the situation in Chiapas.

Upcoming delegation dates are:

Oct. 29 - Nov. 5
Dec. 28 - Jan. 4

In 1996:

Jan. 28 - Feb. 4
March 17 - 24

For more information about delegations contact:

Loreto Curti:
Chiapas Travel Coordinator
Global Exchange
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San Francisco, CA  94110

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(415) 255-7498 fax

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