Brothers and Sisters:
We send our word to inform you in reference to the epistle dialogue being maintained with the representatives of the federal government:
On March 12, 1995, we send a letter to the Secretary of State where we indicated that we accepted the so-called Law for Dialogue and Conciliation in Chiapas as a starting point to agree on dignified and secure conditions to reinitiate the direct contact between the representatives of the federal government and the EZLN. This letter was received by Mr. Esteban Moctezuma Barragan, Head of the Secretary of State, on March 16, 1995.
Today, March 24, 1995, we have received through CONAI (National Mediation Commission) a proposal from the Secretary of State called Bases for the Dialogue and Negotiation of the Agreement of Reconciliation and Pacification, dated March 20, 1995, which consists of five pages. We are responding this very day, and sending to CONAI our comments, agreements, reservations, and additions to such document with the goal that CONAI will deliver them to the representatives of the federal government.
Among the points that we put forward in our proposal, the following stand out:
A) The possible seats for the first direct encounter, logical consequence of the epistle dialogue that is maintained now, would be:
1. The Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City. Federal District
2. The Guadalupe Basilica Church. Federal District.
3. The University Campus, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Federal District.
4. The seat of the United Nations Organization. Federal District.
The four propossed seats have the necessary conditions of autonomy and neutrality for the physical space of the dialogue, because the massive presence of federal troops and their closeness to the towns besides the growing belligerence of the guardias blancas, impede a direct encounter in the zone.
B) the agenda the we propossed would consist of five points or five great themes:
1. Measurements of distension that would erradicate the possibilities that hostilities would be restarted. Which means, agreement of a stable and lasting truce.
2. Political, social, cultural and economic themes at two levels: national and state level. The basic document for these themes is the so-called Statement of EZLN Demands, presented on February, 1994, and that consists of 36 points, which would be appropriate to the present situation of our country.
3. Regional agreement of conciliation between the actors of the crisis in Chiapas.
4. Agreement of cessation of hostilities. Which means an agreement of peace, justice and dignity.
5. Political and social participation of the EZLN and its members.
C) The themes of national impact would be discussed in plenary meetings that include the other involved national actors. The result would be the elaboration of proposals to the Congress of the Union and of compromises taken by the participants.
1. Social justice, political liberties and national democracy themes. The participants will be political parties, non-governmental organizations, the Nationa Democratic Convention, social organizations, individual citizens and specialist experts.
2. Themes of political, social, economic, and cultural rights of the Indigenous People in Mexico. The participants will be the Indigenous National Convention, social organizations of Indigenous People and peasants, and specialist experts.
3. Themes of political, social, economic and cultural rights of the Woman in Mexico. The participants will be the National Women's Convention, women's organizations, individual citizens and specialist experts.
D) The themes of the state of Chiapas will be discussed in plenary meetings that include other involved state actors. The result will be the elaboration of compromises of profound political, social, economic and cultural reforms in the life of Chiapas.
1. Themes of social justice, political liberties and democracy in Chiapas. The participants will be the Democratic State Assembly People of Chiapas (Aedepch), and the Government of Transition in Rebellion of the State of Chiapas.
E) The military, police and legal themes will be discussed in plenary meetings with the participation of the EZLN and the governmental representation, with the mediation of CONAI and the support of the Comcopa.
Each theme will have three stages: dialogue, negotiation and agreement. Reaching the third stage, which means an agreement, a compromise would be drawn in a plenary and it would be signed with witnesses of honor. The objective of reaching compromises with each achieved agreement has the goal that the dialogue will not be stopped or failed in its totality because of the points where an inmediate agreement is not reached. This way progress would be faster and with concrete and defined results.
Besides of the dialogue about the document which we would called basic Protocol for dialogue and negotiation of the agreement of peace with justice and dignity, the governmental representation and this CCRI-CG of the EZLN exchange proposals to take proportional and reciprocal measures which relax the belligerent climate and remove the danger of an armed attack.
The CCRI-CG of the EZLN recognizes that, in this stage of the dialogue, it has received the atention and respect from the side of the governmental representation, to which the EZLN has responded with the same atention and respect and with the ratification of its willingness of following the road to dialogue and political negotiation to resolve the conflict.
>From the mountains of Southeast Mexico.
Revolutionary Indigenous Clandestine Committee
-General Command of the Zapatista National Liberation Army .
Mexico, March, 1995.