By Dialogo February 21, 2013 SOUTHCOM’s Human Rights Office sponsored a civil-military dialogue on February 6 – 7 in Guatemala to bring together influential human rights groups and senior Guatemalan Military leaders. Significantly, all the invited human rights group participated. The dialogue was designed to promote reconciliation, improve cooperation and foster a more productive working relationship between the Guatemalan Military and influential civil-society groups. The meetings included intense – but productive and respectful – discussions and the development of a draft framework outlining how the Guatemalan military and civil groups will frame their dialogue to address present human rights concerns and prevent future violations. The framework will be addressed again during a second dialogue meeting scheduled for later this summer. Senior attendees included the Guatemalan Minister of Defense, Brigadier General Ulises Anzueto Giron, Deputy Chief of Mission Bruce Williamson, and SOUTHCOM’s Director of Strategy, Policy, and Plans, Brigadier General Mark C. Nowland.