Peace talks with NDF-CPP-NPA resumes August, Palace says

July 16, 2009 9:23 am 

MANILA, July 16 –- Malacañang today said peace talks with leaders of the National Democratic Front (NDF) Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed unit, the New People's Army (NPA), is set to resume sometime in August.

Presidential adviser on peace process Secretary Avelino Razon said in statement that the prospects of finally signing an agreement with the insurgents "are very good."

Peace talks aimed at ending the 40-year old Maoist inspired armed rebellion in the country are to resume in Norway next month after a four-year hiatus, the government's chief negotiator said today.

Leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed unit, the New People's Army (NPA), who are directly involved in the talks, would be immune from arrest on Philippine territory starting Friday, Razon said.

This would allow members of the CPP-NPA and its political wing, the National Democratic Front "to prepare for the resumption of the formal peace negotiations, which is set in August this year in Oslo."

Razon may meet with communist negotiator Luis Jalandoni before then. The rebel leader arrived earlier this week in Manila from his Dutch exile.

"The list covers 96 names, including Jalandoni and other consultants and peace negotiators of the insurgents," Razon said.

He said arrest warrants against them would be lifted from Friday and for the entire duration of the talks. (PNA) /V3/JCA/

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