Negotiating rights: The Guatemala peace process
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Gustavo Palma Murga critiques the Agreement on Socio-Economic Issues and the Agrarian Situation. He describes the importance of land issues and how piecemeal land reforms were agreed during negotiations, where rural Guatemalans’ land aspirations lost out to macroeconomic policy considerations, strong landowning elite lobby and the prioritisation of political participation by URNG opposition group in peace talks. The accord ultimately failed to articulate a broad, national and long-term vision of development, and avoids any direct challenge to the inequitable status quo.