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Mexican President Impatient Over Chiapas

Mon., Feb. 6, 1995

In a sign of growing impatience with peasant rebels in the southern state of Chiapas, President Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon warned Sunday that he would pursue other strategies to end the conflict if peace talks with the insurgents did not produce results soon.

Zedillo did not specify what new measures he might take. But he said he would call a special session of the Mexican Congress to deal with the Chiapas problem if progress was not made toward a settlement, and other officials said such a step could come within weeks.

“The conflict in Chiapas represents a constant threat to public tranquillity, to peace and to justice,” Zedillo said in a toughly worded speech in this central Mexican city. “Mistrust is no longer a valid excuse to delay the dialogue.”

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