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Peace building, RPM-M’s work in progress

6 December 2007

Conflict transformation in order to be effective need a proactive and holistic efforts not only to stop the violence and destruction but more so to build and strengthen infrastructure that is sensitive and responsible to the needs of the broadest possible section of the people. It is a continuous progression of curative, preventive and proactive activities of all the stakeholders involve in the transformation process. The whole process creates a some kind of social bonding which will lead to a social covenant among the stakeholders including the government representatives and the revolutionary groups. As the process develops a silent change in steadily evolving into a visible social transformation activities among and between the abovementioned stakeholders.

The process of changing the situation from bad to a better one has helped in making possible the internal changes in the frameworks and values of the armed combatants in the particular and the whole organization of the RPMM in general. The process of continuously engaging in conflict resolutions and transformation helps in ensuring the sustainability of peace building works.

Community-based and people centered peacebuilding initiatives seek to strengthen the quality and further develop the capacities and resources of the people to make their actions effective and sustainable. The process make the people not only the object of development but the subject of the development of their own lives. Its short term objectives of answering their basic and daily needs become the stepping stones for achieving their long term aspiration of living peacefully and achieving their aspiration as a people.

The RPMM’s role is to facilitate that the process should be peacefully possible and sustainably viable which can only be done thru its healthy relationship with the communities and becoming co-owner of the peace process with the people. The changes which had effected the peoples and their communities have been internalized and changed the ranks and file of the RPMM as well.

This kind of symbiotic relationship can only be completed if it creates impact and change within the government machineries from the level of local and policy makers. Positive change should be manifested in making priority the needs of the poor and deprived people rather that the globalized greed of the few. It can also be expressed by concrete programs of reducing poverty through sustainable and often times silent methods rather than spectacularly giving daily bread to the poor and the needy. And it should be seen by reducing if not totally eliminate the existing conflicts and violence through changing and eliminating the structure and system which breed them rather than making and reviving policies and laws which aim to stop violence and conflicts using more violence and creating more conflicts.

Positive changes have created situation and opportunities to attain positive peace.

The initiatives on community-based and people centered peace works have caused situations and opportunities for peace railroaders and war auctioneers to inflict damage and conflict to the rank file of the RPMM. The transparency and the accountability aspects which are integral in these initiatives can be taken advantage of those people who want to discredit and destroyed the RPMM. They identify and expose the personalities of the RPMM sow intrigues to destroy if not to eliminate the machineries and personalities of RPMM in the communities.

These peace railroaders and war auctioneers are coming from the militarist group within the government and from the proponents of protracted war option.

The RPMM understands the nature and objectives of these peace railroaders and war auctioneers as necessary reality and risks of those involved in peacebuilding works. But positive developments can even be observed because of the non-peace option of these people have effected the strengthening of the resolve and commitment of the RPMM’s rank and file to pursue more vigorously and thoroughly the non-war option. But most importantly the positive effects of actions of the war profiteers and protracted war proponents on the people and their communities. Their commitment and resoluteness to strengthen their ownership of this type of peace process naturally excluded the war profiteers and war auctioneers. The people concept of war and their actual experience of violence it had caused make them to love and protect the peace they are building. No amount of intrigues and personal assassinations can change and conquer the positive change and the positive peace they have built themselves.

But the most important change that is taking place is within the ranks and files of the RPMM. It is the realization of the change of their role from armed combatants to non-war option initiators and peace builders. The peace process between the GRP and the RPMM which has considered community consultations as integral part of the process in both confidence building stage and substantive level of the process has impacted in the nature and role of the RPMM’s armed combatants. They become development activists and peace collective organizers. Their weapons have been replaced by development books and peace documents as well as production tools. Their bullets and arm paraphernalia are becoming heavier by the day and have ceased to be considered as their spouses but they are for defensive actions and to protect their gains and victories with the communities. Peace has been internalized and expressed in positive transformative actions.

Much has still to be done with less time and resources for the RPMM peace warriors.

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