Guatemala was officially "at peace." The last of twelve peace accords
had been signed. putting in place a broad mandate for reform to address
many of the historical grievances of the country's marginalized and
impoverished majority. Real hopes were born that a time of democracy
and progressive change had finally arrived in Guatemala, after thirtysix
years of terrible conflict.
Alongside the internal peace process, Guatemala has taken part in
negotiations toward a hemispheric free trade zone, the Free Trade Area
of the Americas (FTAA), along with the thirty-three other countries
that launched the project in Miami in 1994. Their declared purpose in
pursuing an FTAA is a laudatory one. According to the opening words of
the Miami Declaration: "The elected Heads of State and Government of
the Americas are committed to advance the prosperity, democratic
values and institutions, and security of our Hemisphere. For the first
time in history, the Americas are a community of democratic societies."
Harten, Gus Van
"Guatemala's Peace Accords in a Free Trade Area of the Americas,"
Yale Human Rights and Development Journal:
1, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/yhrdlj/vol3/iss1/3