EZLN Establishes Ceasefire

January 16, 1995

To the people of Mexico:
To the peoples and governments of the world:
To the national and international press:

The Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee, General Command of the EZLN informs you that as discussed and agreed in the first encounter with the delegation representing the federal government, held January 15, 1995, we commit ourselves to take measures to lessen military tensions.

In addition, the EZLN responds to the mobilization of important sectors of the Mexican people who once again manifest themselves in favor of a dialogue for a just peace with dignity. We give our word in insisting on a political solution, and affirm our commitment to that end.

Therefore, the Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee- General Command of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation declares a;

Unilateral and indefinite ceasefire in order not to jeopardize the negotiation of a stable truce, and commits itself publicly to the following:

First- We will not carry out any military offensives against government forces.

Second-We will not obstruct communication channels, and will respect free transit on civil thoroughfares of those places where there is EZLN presence and will deactivate the mines in the entrances to Zapatista territory.

Third- We will not make military threats to the municipal capitals where the EZLN is present, nor will we take over any public building by force, and will respect the civilian population which does not sympathize with our just cause.

Fourth- We will offer all courtesy to the Red Cross International Committee in the fulfillment of their mission.

Fifth- We give all authority to CONAI so that it may verify our compliance with these points and accept its intervention should there be differences about compliance to this temporary truce.

These measures are operational for all Zapatista forces in national territory after 00.00 hours of the 17th of January 1995. They will be maintained during all the time necessary for the achievement of a stable and enduring truce.


From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast
Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee
General Command of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation

LA JORNADA, JANUARY 18, 1995, PG. 15

TRANSLATED BY: Cecilia Rodriguez
National Commission for Democracy in Mexico

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