The president of the Guatemalan Congress, Álvaro Arzú Escobar, son of former President Álvaro Arzú Irigoyen -who died last April- asked for "respect" for the country, its freedom and sovereignty "without any interference".
In his message during the official ceremony commemorating the twenty-second anniversary of the Peace Signing that put an end to a 36-year armed conflict between the army and the guerrillas, Arzú warned that peace "can be presented as a reality" but also "Like a mirage."
He said that in addition to "real" peace, there is a "false or apparent peace" and held that "when the leaders of an international organization -which did not specify- believe they know what the citizens of another nation should do, that border of the respect that to a large extent defines what a true peace is ".
He considered that foreign intervention is carried out "for ideological reasons" and that "international leaders believe that the way they think and live has an absolute value and therefore this is how all the people on the planet should live, but those ways of living and Values are only valid within the historical, social and cultural framework of their society ".
He said that "imposing" an ideology in a different society is the reason for "a factor of dissociation", of "imbalance" and, finally, "of social conflict".
He warned that when "families are divided, institutions are weakened, authority is questioned and everything becomes a process that tends to a crisis", it culminates with the "confrontation and the paralysis of society", a situation that , he emphasized, "is the ambiguous moment we live in Guatemala."
He asked the population to "be watchful" of the times of peace, because that's when "the germ of conflict and the seed of confrontation grows."
He said that peace, signed on December 29, 1996, was signed in a context in which "the leaders of the opposition belonged to the old guard of Marxism of the Cold War, a generation that came to an end with the disappearance of the Soviet bloc and, in Latin America, with the reduction of the Cuban Revolution to a mere nostalgic symbol of a lost struggle ".
In addition, he argued that the guerrilla leaders currently "no longer order irregular groups in the mountains" or pretend to "change the system", because now they "direct organizations that want to manage the resources that come from abroad" and seek "the assault on power "through" the cooptation of the judicial system. "
The enemies of these "leaders" are "those who do not think like them and we are reluctant to ignore and abandon our customs and traditions," he said.
He asserted that the new "resistance" that "in the cold war years was always displaced" is "the same one that has currently taken the execution of international cooperation and has created a strategy of confrontation to get to power."
He assured that peace "is not built with feelings of revenge" nor about the "blindness of historical fanaticism" or "words written in an official document", but "it is something that happens in the concrete encounter between two people, not between two irreconcilable visions, but the meeting of recognition ".
The president of the Guatemalan Congress commented that this was the first commemorative act of peace without the presence of his father, whose legacy is "alive and in force," he said.
Finally, he recalled that the president Arzú declared in the act of the end of the armed conflict 22 years ago that the peace initialed that day "is first of all ours, it was not imposed on us by anyone, nobody can impose a true peace from outside to any people. stable if that town does not want it. "