Duterte representatives meet Sison in Norway
Representatives of the incoming administration of president-elect Rodrigo Duterte are currently meeting with Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Ma. “Joma” Sison in Norway, said incoming peace adviser Jesus Dureza.
Dureza posted on Facebook that their informal talks with the CPP-NPA-NDF started on Tuesday afternoon at Leysebu Hotel at the “outskirts” of Oslo, Norway.
“Topic discussed was resumption of peace negotiations that was stalled for 4 years and its mechanics,” Dureza said, adding that they resumed discussions on Wednesday.
The CPP was represented by Sison, chief political consultant of the National Democratic Front (NDF), and NDF officials Luis Jalandoni and Fidel Agcaoili.
Meanwhile, the incoming administration was represented by Dureza, incoming Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III (a former peace negotiator), and former Cong. Hernani Braganza.
“There is evident shared optimism on both sides due to the declaration of President-elect Rody Duterte to seek an early sustainable peace for the nation,” Dureza said.
He explained that since they are not yet sworn into office, “the consensus points, if any, will be initialed for authentication purposes at the close of the informal talks and to be formalized soon after President-elect Duterte’s government has assumed office.
Sison was a former professor of Duterte in college. The president-elect has promised to resume peace negotiations with the NDF and even offered a safe conduct pass to Sison so he can come home to the Philippine to participate in the talks. CDG
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