From: The International commission of the Zapatista Front for
To: Political and social organizations and individuals in solidarity with the struggles of the indigenous people in Mexico
As you know, almost a year ago, on February 16, 1996, the negotiations between the Mexican government and the Zapatista Army for National Liberation achieved the signing of the Agreements of San Andres regarding Indigenous Rights and Culture, which were to be incorporated as reforms of the Mexican Constitution, as federal laws, and regulations within diverse institutions. However, 10 months later, the government has retreated from fulfilling these agreements, putting in crisis the negotiation process and the possibility of advancing towards peace.
The most recent examples of this crisis in the San Andres Dialogue caused the EZLN to suspend its participation in the Dialogue until there existed guarantees of a serious commitment on the part of the government to fulfill the agreements already signed. This was a decision that was made at the beginning of last September.
Since that date the mediation commissions in the negotiations, the National Commission of Mediation (CONAI) and the Commission for Harmony and Pacification (COCOPA) have waged an important effort so that the conditions sought by the EZLN be fulfilled by the federal government and so that the dialogue could continue.
For this reason, the COCOPA has presented to both parts an initiative of constitutional reforms that take in the fundamental aspects of the San Andres agreements signed on February 16. This initiative has already been accepted by the EZLN. On the part of the Mexican government, by means of Dr. Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon, has asked for 15 days, which will end December 23, with the intent of analyzing the content of COCOPA's legal initiative.
Therefore, we now live in a critical moment in the dialogue and in the search for peace in Mexico; a critical moment also in the struggle of the Mexican indigenous people for the conquest of their full rights.
It is for these reasons that the International Commission of the Zapatista Front for National Liberation appeals again to the international solidarity community for its support, by means of public pronouncements which demand that the Mexican government fulfill the San Andres Agreements on Indigenous Rights and Culture, by means of the approval of the constitutional reform initiatives which COCOPA has presented.
Specifically we ask for your signature on the following text which we want to publish December 20 in the Mexican national press:
WE DEMAND THAT THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT FULFILL THE AGREEMENTS SIGNED WITH THE EZLN ON FEBRUARY 16, 1996 AND THAT THE INDIGENOUS RIGHTS BE GUARENTEED IN THE CONSTITUTION.
Please send your signature to any of the following;
Telephone/fax: 525-515-8525 or 525-584-3489
Electronic mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
That's all for now. We send an embrace of solidarity.
Ulises Martinez Flores
Paulina Fernandez C. for the International Commission of the Zapatista Front for National Liberation