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NO. R-200. JOINT RESOLUTION RELATING TO THE MEXICAN STATE OF CHIAPAS.

(J.R.S. 44)

Offered by: Senator Spaulding of Washington County.

Whereas, the people and government of the United States support, as a matter of principle, the peaceful struggle for democracy throughout the World, and

Whereas, the indigenous people of the Mexican State of Chiapas have clearly and peacefully demonstrated a desire for economic and social justice, as well as political democracy, in Mexico, and

Whereas, the Mexican government now refuses to recognize the Indigenous Rights agreement, which it signed last year with the Mexican State of Chiapas, and

Whereas, the Mexican government has militarized Chiapas and has been accused of serious human rights abuses against the people of Chiapas, and

Whereas, the indigenous people of Chiapas have agreed to peace accords negotiated with the Mexican government and have clearly shown their willingness to achieve a peaceful resolution, which includes democracy, dignity and justice, and

Whereas, the 1997 U.S. Appropriations Act for Foreign Operations prohibits the use of funds for international narcotics control by security force units accused of human rights violations, and

Whereas, U.S. military aid sent to Mexico to combat drugs is being used against indigenous communities in Chiapas which are not involved in drug trafficking, and

Whereas, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have passed resolutions criticizing the Mexican government for its complicity in narcotics trafficking, and

Whereas, the people and government of the United States have a responsibility to back up their words and principles with appropriate action, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That all military support for the Mexican government be suspended unless, and until, there is significant documented progress in the peace process in Chiapas, as well as full compliance with international human rights laws, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the President of the United States of America, the President of the United States of Mexico, and to each member of the Vermont Congressional Delegation.