December 29, 1996 |
Four rebel leaders stepped off a jet called "The Wings of Peace" here Saturday, returning from exile to a city they once hoped to capture. A military band played a popular tune, and hundreds of rebel supporters cheered as aging guerrilla commanders Pablo Monsanto, Rolando Moran, Carlos Gonzalez and Jorge Rosal arrived at Guatemala's international airport. "We are thrilled to return to Guatemala and to finally achieve peace," Monsanto said. "I hope we will have a country with justice."
December 23, 1996 |
As Guatemalans prepare to formally end 35 years of civil war by signing a peace pact Sunday, they strongly disagree about whether the accords negotiated over five years and two administrations will correct the injustice and poverty that originally caused Latin America's oldest guerrilla conflict. Negotiated in six parts--one of them, agricultural policy, was discussed for more than a year--the agreement was designed to provide peaceful solutions to a war that has cost more than 100,000 lives.
December 5, 1996 |
Guatemalan rebels and the government signed a cease-fire Wednesday that they hope will end Central America's longest civil war, a 35-year conflict that has killed 140,000 people. The cease-fire is one of three accords to be signed in Europe over six days, leading to a final peace pact signing Dec. 29 in Guatemala City. "With this agreement we sign today, the weapons will be silenced forever," rebel commander Rolando Moran said at Oslo City Hall.
November 13, 1996 |
Signing an accord next month to end 35 years of civil war in Guatemala may well prove easier than keeping the peace after Latin America's longest rebellion ends, analysts warned Tuesday. The day after the government and guerrillas announced in Chile and Mexico, respectively, that the peace agreement will be signed Dec. 29, experts who have been following negotiations closely took a hard look at whether the accords will bring the "lasting peace" that both sides have promised.
November 12, 1996 |
Guatemala has reached a peace agreement to end Latin America's longest civil war, Guatemalan President Alvaro Arzu and the country's rebels announced separately Monday. The accord ushers in "a final period" of a 35-year war that has taken more than 100,000 lives, and it will be signed Dec. 29 in Guatemala City, Arzu told a summit of Ibero-American presidents meeting here. Later in the day, the Guatemalan guerrillas and the U.N.
November 9, 1996 |
Guatemala has agreed to resume peace talks with leftist rebels after the leader of a guerrilla group linked to a kidnapping agreed to step out of the negotiations. The U.N.-sponsored talks, which had been running smoothly for months, were abruptly suspended Oct. 28 after rebel commander Rafael Augusto Valdizon was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a member of an influential family. Police briefly jailed Valdizon but let him go in return for the freeing of 86-year-old Olga Alvarado de Novella.