PH peace panel ready for 2nd round of talks with NDF
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—The Philippine government is all set for the next round of formal peace talks with the National Democratic Front (NDF) from October 6 to 10 in Oslo, Norway, a government peace adviser said on Sunday.
Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, an adviser of the Philippine peace panel and national president of the League of City of the Philippines, said all reciprocal working groups were “functioning well.”
“I think it’s all systems go for the next round. We’re ready for peace,” Pamintuan said in a statement.
The Duterte administration revived the negotiations, stalled during the Arroyo administration, by approving the temporary release of several leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) who serve as advisers of the NDF peace panel.
The first round of talks was held last August 22 to 28, also in Oslo.
The CPP, NDF and the New People’s Army have waged one of the longest insurgencies in Asia as they seek genuine agrarian reform, national industrialization and an independent foreign policy. RAM/rga