Government Stalls Peace Talks


Efforts to launch Chiapas peace talks stumbled Friday as the government complained for a second day of the presence of some 1,000 guerrilla sympathizers at the negotiating site.

The first formal talks in a year to end Mexico’s Indian rebellion were to have opened Thursday in San Andres Larrainzar, 30 miles northeast of San Cristobal. But government negotiators said the peasants who showed up for the scheduled start of talks threaten security and must leave.

The Indian men, women and children camped overnight on the main plaza, and by Friday morning had put away pro-rebel banners that had angered officials earlier. But they said they would not leave.

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