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Mexico: ICRC to play role in EZLN/COCOPA talks

18-11-1998 News Release 98/38

Geneva (ICRC) - In anticipation of the talks to be held on 20 and 22 November in San Cristóbal de las Casas (Chiapas) between the EZLN (Zapatista National Liberation Army) and COCOPA ( Commission for Concordance and Pacification ), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been asked to transport the EZLN representatives to the facility where the talks will take place and, together with Mexican Red Cross volunteers, to set up a security perimeter around the facility.

The operation will involve 11 ICRC delegates and about 100 Mexican Red Cross volunteers. It is due to begin on 19 November with the transfer of the EZLN representatives from the villages of Oventic, La Gurrucha and La Realidad.

The ICRC played a similar role in facilitating meetings between the government, the EZLN, COCOPA and CONAI ( National Mediation Commission ) between 1994 and the end of 1996.