Gov’t, NDF start fourth round of peace talks

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Photo from KODAO PRODUCTIONS' special coverage of GRF-NDFP peace talks

Photo from KODAO PRODUCTIONS’ special coverage of GRP-NDFP peace talks

Representatives from the government peace panel and the National Democratic Front met for the continuation of the negotiations to attain lasting peace in the country.

The two parties will attempt to conclude and agree upon how to resolve the root of poverty in the country and a lasting ceasefire between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the New People’s Army (NPA).

President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday emphasized the four conditions to be agreed upon regarding the peace talks.

“One is that, there will be a document reduced in writing establishing the parameters of the peace talks. There must be a ceasefire signed in an official document with the participation of the Norway government who’s providing the good offices of the peace talks to be held there.

“Second is there must be no extortion or revolutionary tax. Third is that they cannot claim any piece of territory or a real estate here in the Republic of the Philippines.

“And the fourth, which I always forget, is to release all prisoners. Whether police, military, civilians or government employees, without it, there is are no peace talks,” he said.

President Duterte confirmed that he was able to talk with the government peace panel who are in the Netherlands for the peace negotiations.

“They asked for guidance… they asked, ‘Do you allow this?’ I said, ‘I don’t like that’. They said, ‘Mayor, is this acceptable?’ I said, ‘That’s not acceptable to me.’ They said, ‘This is it’… I said, ‘That’s not’… and my objections are contained in the four conditionalities that I just said to you,” said the President.

The fourth round of the formal peace talks is expected to run until April 6. The Norwegian government serves as the mediator. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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