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Mexico Says Rebel Moves Reopen Peace Talks Door

Mexico said on Sunday the door had reopened for peace talks with Zapatistas after the rebels pledged to withdraw troops from roadblocks and to stop charging travelers to pass through their territories. Interior Minister Santiago Creel said the promise made late on Saturday by rebel leader Subcomandante Marcos at an Indian gathering in the highland village of Oventic in Chiapas state was an olive branch for a stalled peace dialogue to restart. “Let’s make this event an opportunity to relaunch new initiatives with an open mind, with new ways to bring us together and to talk,” Creel told local radio. But no timetable was set for talks between the government and the Zapatista rebels, who rose up in arms 10 years ago seeking greater autonomy and indigenous rights. Full Story

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