Results of the 1994 dialogue consultations


[La Jornada, 6/12]
June 10, 1994

To the people of Mexico:
To the peoples and governments of the world:
To the different Non-governmental organizations:
To the commissioner for peace and reconciliation in Chiapas:
To the national and international press:

The Clandestine Revolutionary Indigenous Committee-General Command of the Zapatista National Liberation Army addresses itself to you in order to report and declare the following:

First: The CCRI-CG of the EZLN, as we have recently reported, has finished its consultations in all of the communities that make up and support the EZLN. By means of official reports from assemblies in the ejidos and communities, we have learned the opinions that are in our people's hearts.

Second: The CCRI-CG of the EZLN has now counted the votes concerning the peace accord proposals presented to the EZLN by the federal government during the dialogue that took place in San Cristo'bal de las Casas, Chiapas.

Third: The result of the free and democratic voting in the assemblies is as follows:

Fourth: The result of the voting about what actions we should take in case it was decided not to sign the government's peace accords is as follows:

Fifth: Therefore, in accordance with the majority of the Zapatistas, the CCRI-CG of the EZLN wishes to inform you that:

It rejects the peace accord proposals presented by the federal government.

It considers the Dialogue of San Cristo'bal to have ended. It calls on the Mexican people to attend a new national dialogue to be attended by all of the progressive forces in the country. The central themes of this dialogue will be democracy, freedom, and justice for all Mexicans.

In order not to impede the search for a political solution to the conflict and so as to not interfere in the electoral process that will take place this coming August, the CCRI-CG of the EZLN orders its regular and irregular forces in national territory and outside of Mexico to respect a unilateral offensive cease-fire.

The EZLN guarantees that it will take no offensive military action against the Federal Army.

The EZLN will not interfere with the upcoming elections in the territories under its control. It will permit the installation of electoral polls in these territories under the supervision of the different non-governmental organizations and the International Red Cross.

The EZLN will accept absolutely no aid from the municipal, state or federal governments. It will resist the military siege by its owns means, and with the help of the Mexican people.

Sixth: The CCRI-CG of the EZLN thanks the Commissioner for Peace and Reconciliation in Chiapas, Manuel Camacho Soli's, for his true efforts in search of a political solution to the conflict. Unfortunately, the historic blindness of the supreme government kept it from seeing that its unwillingness to give in to the democratic impulse will bring about painful conflicts and unforeseen consequences.

Seventh: The CCRI-CG of the EZLN thanks the National Mediator, Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garci'a, and his working group, for their efforts and sacrifices in attempting to mediate between the parties involved in the conflict, their integrity in withstanding pressures and threats, and their willingness to listen. We hope that in the new dialogue that we are calling for today we can count on his honest participation in search of political solutions to the national demands for democracy, freedom, and justice.

Eighth: The CCRI-CG of the EZLN thanks the honest and independent media for its commitment to the truth, and for having presented the truth to the Mexican people despite threats, pressure, and blackmail. We would like to publicly apologize if we have doubted your profession at any point with our clumsy media policy. We hope that you understand that this is the first time that we have tried to carry out a revolution, and we are still learning. We would like to reiterate that, thanks to the efforts of the press, it was possible to stop the military phase of the war. We sincerely hope that you understand the difficult conditions we found ourselves in, and our unfair selection of media that we allowed to approach us. We hope that you continue publishing the truth.

Ninth: The CCRI-CG of the EZLN especially thanks the different non-governmental organizations, the vanguard of civil society. The NGOs have carried out a selfless work in order to bring about a peace with justice and dignity for our people. The government's siege keeps us, for the moment, from arriving at a pact with these organizations. We are still open to dialogue and are willing to continue down the path that the NGOs have pointed out to us with their commitment: a political route in the transition to democracy.

Tenth: The CCRI-CG of the EZLN thanks all those men, women and children, people without faces, throughout the country and outside of Mexico, who have given us their solidarity and who have joined our just cause. Our struggle and death is for you, brothers and sisters. We will not take off our masks until every Mexican--the Indigenous peoples, campesinos, workers, students, teachers, housewives, squatters, artists, intellectuals, retirees, the unemployed--men and women without voices or faces--have everything they need for a dignified and true life. Everything for everyone, nothing for ourselves.

While the national flag waves without democracy, freedom and justice above Mexican soil, we, our tender fury, will continue fighting.

Democracy!
Freedom!
Justice!

Respectfully,

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


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