The Guatemalan Peace Accords of 1996
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- Truce Provokes Mixed Reactions
- Cerigua Weekly Briefs, no.13, 27 March
1996. The halt to offensive military operations announced
last week by the Guatemalan National Revolutionary
Unity (URNG) and the government engendered great optimism.
The March 20 announcement sparked talk about a final
end to the war.
- Agreement on agrarian situation in
Guatemala, signed at ceremony in Mexico City
- Press Release, 6 May 1996. Statement issued today by the
Spokesman for Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali.
The Presidential Peace Commission of the Government of
Guatemala and the General Command of the Unidad Revolucionaria
Nacional Guatemalteca (URNG) signed the Agreement on Social
and Economic Aspects and Agrarian Situation.
- Public Declaration of the Director of
- December 1996. A statement by MINUGUA, the UN verification team
in Guatemala, concerning the amnesty issue in the final peace
accords. There has been concern that a blanket amnesty for all
army atrocities has been granted. The Law is poorly written and
on at least some issues, and if the courts remain under total
military control, the amnesty principles will not be properly
- The Strengthening of Civil Society and the
Role of the Military in a Democratic Society
- 19 September 1996. The text, in English, of the September
19, 1996 peace accord between the Guatemalan government and
the URNG resistance (48 Kb).
- The Guatemalan Peace Accords
- NACLA Report on the Americas, May/June 1997.
The December 29 signing of the Peace Accords ending Guatemala's
36-year civil war opens up a new chapter in the country's history.
Guatemala's was the longest and bloodiest of Latin America's Cold
War civil wars, leaving between 150,000 and 200,000 civilians dead
disappeared. The Accords are a mix of strong and weak
agreements, not the product of a revolutionary victory, a truly
negotiated settlement, much like El Salvador's of 1992.
- Guatemalan Accords Signed; Struggle Shifts to
- By Deirdre Griswold, Workers World, 16 January 1997.
The state of war between the government of Guatemala and guerrilla
movements grouped in the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity
(URNG) ended on Dec. 29. But the severe social antagonisms and
intense exploitation that led to 36 years of fighting continue