By D. Negroponte
The answer of the civil battle in El Salvador coincided with the top of the chilly battle. After years of negotiations and a decade-long attempt to enforce the peace accords, this paintings examines how peace used to be made and no matter if it has endured.
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However, its role was minimal, except for a critical series of meetings to amend the constitution in April 1991. 3 Instead, political leaders from both sides led the peace process. Due to the sense of urgency to reach an agreement, the political leaders kept the various constituent groups on the margin, if not outside the peace process. This decision was to prove mistaken when it came time to implement the accords. What domestic forces led the FMLN leadership to engage in political negotiations?
The government would not instigate any substantive themes for discussion. It would respond, but not initiate. Escobar left it to the coalition of five guerilla groups, unified under the umbrella organization of the FMLN, to raise issues of importance to them and to seek redress for these underlying causes. The FMLN preferred to achieve political power through participation in the government, and subsequently to address the underlying socio-economic grievances, as well as the independence of the judiciary.
Resistencia Nacional The Resistencia Nacional (RN) sought to join two trends of the revolutionary struggle: preparation for mass uprising and military insurrection. 24 The RN placed more emphasis on political action, but was not adverse to kidnappings for ransom. Its second-in-command, Roberto Cañas left Salvador in 1988 for Mexico City and later became the spokesman for the FMLN’s commission to negotiate the peace under UN auspices, the comisión negociadora. S. 25 Partido Revolucionario de los Trabajadores By far the smallest group within the FMLN was the Partido Revolucionario de los Trabajadores (PRTC).
Seeking Peace in El Salvador: The Struggle to Reconstruct a Nation at the End of the Cold War by D. Negroponte