in the Irish Republic, a person appointed by the government to an office giving powers and duties such as signing summonses and warrants, administering oaths and taking declarations. They have no judicial functions.
Fellow peace commissioner James Gough, McAuley's main supporter, says: "To be appointed a commissioner for oaths he needed six solicitors and six local and trusted business persons to verify his integrity and character.
Government peace commissioner Gomez has stressed the deal does not mean the state accepts the FARC as a legitimate opposing army - a move that could technically open the way for foreign governments to grant diplomatic recognition to the FARC and even sponsor the rebels.
The EZLN reacted angrily to the approval of the watered- down bill, immediately instructing its chief negotiator Fernando Yanez Munoz, also known as Comandante German, to refrain from any further contact with the government's Chiapas Peace Commissioner Luis H.
The morning after Americas Insider went to press last week, Colombian Peace Commissioner Camilo Gomez and the International Red Cross confirmed that a wounded guerrilla had been evacuated to Cuba for medical treatment.