The first day’s dialogue between the government and the organizations promoting the national strike led by the Federation of Indigenous Nations of Ecuador (GONE) ended with some progress after 15 days of mobilization, but important things to oppose were on the table. Parties.
The event took place on Monday at the Liceo Matovelle facility next to the Basilica del Votto National in Kyoto. The scale exchange between the tribal leaders of Conaie, Feine, Fenocin and Confenie with government representatives – President Guillermo Lasso did not attend – lasted about six hours in a packed auditorium. Meanwhile, there were dozens of protesters outside the building in support of the strike.
Representatives of the National Assembly, the ombudsman, the National Electoral Council (CNE) and the Catholic Church and the Ecumenical Commission for Human Rights (CED) were the top officials who guaranteed the meeting.
Despite the fact that the aboriginal movement was active in its position, it did not deviate from Quito and remained pragmatic. The government did not fully accept the ten demandsDuring Monday’s conversation, Connie’s leader Leonidas Isa announced that the national strike would end if two basic issues were accepted and technical schedules were established for the other.
The first of these problems is the further reduction in fuel prices because, according to Connie, The 10 cent reduction set by President Guillermo Lasso will not be enough Reduce the prices of food items or inputs for agricultural production.
In this sense, the proposal of the tribal systems is to establish $ 1.50 per gallon of diesel and $ 2.10 per liter of extra and ecobius petrol; And pursue an organization that targets grants to departments in need.
The second fundamental issue for ending the rhetoric that will reach Tuesday the 16th is the repeal of Order 95 establishing oil policy and 151 dealing with mining exploitation.
Taking advantage of the break in the 20-minute conversation, management representatives took note and conducted appropriate inquiries with Corondalet regarding these specific requests. Upon returning to the meeting, the results were announced; However, this did not fully satisfy domestic leaders.
The prime minister, Francisco Jimenez, announced that Order 95 would be repealed.
In relation to Order 151, the option proposed by the Administrator is to amend many of its articles, but not to suppress it. Criteria for mining activity will be attached.
Jimenez announced that a draft decree had been drafted, allowing the president to relinquish constitutional powers, allowing the extraction of non-renewable natural resources in protected areas and abnormally declared areas under exceptional conditions. In addition, the Ministry of Energy and Mining will be instructed not to approve new extraction action plans in protected areas and invisible zones.
Similarly, the Minister announced that an instruction manual for pre-consultation was being prepared.
The government is not subservient to further reduction in fuel prices. Jimenez said financial flows had been made and no mechanism had been found to increase the subsidies currently in place. However, Carondelet is ready to receive a proposal from the domestic sector to specify the goal requested by the social organizations.
Tribal leaders welcomed the repeal of Order 95, but criticized the fact that other aspects were not accepted and that responsibility for creating the target mechanism shifted to the domestic movement.
In that sense, it is possible Leonidas Issa, the leader of the Connaughts, could not accept such a thing. The government should take responsibility for this task as it does not have enough funds to expand the research required by the federation and other committees.
In connection with Order 151, he stressed that the provision should be repealed and that mining activities should not be allowed in water recharge zones, protected areas or areas of peoples and national races.
The talks with the government ended at around 10:00 am, but before that, Isa recommended the removal of Interior Minister Patricio Carrillo; He also demanded that the people detained in the wake of the protests be released and not prosecuted.
Negotiations to define a solution to the pending points will resume on Tuesday 27th at 09:00, depending on the situation in the country in the coming days. On Monday, tribal leaders promised that the strike would continue until their demands were met. (YO)