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(en) Reforma, Marcos responds to government proposal,Sep 18

From owner-chiapas95-english@eco.utexas.edu (Chiapas95-english)
Date Sat, 18 Sep 1999 16:32:48 -0400

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Saturday, September 18, 1999.

Marcos Responds to Government
He Questions the Government's Willingness to Dialogue and Casts
        Doubts on Death of MRM

San Cristobal, Chiapas.

Subcomandante Marcos, military chief of the Zapatista Army of National
Liberation (EZLN), responded yesterday, with a sarcastic question, to the
new proposal by the Department of Government to renew peace negotiations in

"And how are we going to respond quickly if the Supreme won't give up the
microphone, and he's adding clarifications, corrections and postscripts
every day to his 'open letter'?" he inquired.

In a brief communique, the guerrilla leader called in to question the
suicide of Mario Ruiz Massieu, and he said he had been registered in the
"Witness Protection System," which is a frequent practice in the North
American judicial system in cases of international drug trafficking.

He also stressed that this "suicide" would be leading to surprises for the
one who will be the "former" after the first of December of the year 2000.

"The 'suicide' was no such thing.  It's called the "Witness Protection
System," it's a frequent practice in the North American judicial system in
cases of international drug trafficking, and it is announcing that there
will be surprises in store for the one who will be the 'former' after
December 1, 1999," he noted.

On September 7, the Secretary of Government, Diodoro Carrasco, sent an
"open letter" to the EZLN, with a new proposal for getting the peace
process back on track, which has been suspended since September of 1996. 
This governmental proposal, which includes the release of zapatista
prisoners and a proposal for carrying out the San Andres Accords has been
characterized, on the one hand, as "positive and important," and, on the
other, as "insufficient and a trap," by various actors related to the armed

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