Owning the process: Public participation in peacemaking
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The Civil Society Assembly (ASC) was established following the 1994 Framework Accord for the Resumption of Negotiations that revived the stalled Guatemalan peace process. The ASC was mandated to produce non-binding recommendations on five substantive topics being dealt with in the negotiations. Enrique Alvarez describes the structures of the ASC, the challenges it faced in establishing consensus between diverse social sectors and influencing the bilateral negotiating process, and assesses its successes, failures and ultimate demise.