PGMA hopeful stalled talks with CPP-NPA-NDF will resume soon

September 1, 2009 10:29 am 

MANILA, Sept. 1 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo expressed hope today that peace negotiations with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) will resume soon.

In her message for the celebration of the National Peace Consciousness Month this September, the President vowed to continue exerting efforts to achieve lasting peace for the Filipinos.

“I welcome the observance of the Peace Month with a happy note regarding the progress of our peace process. Peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are on track while our negotiations with the CPP-NPA-NDF have suffered some kinks, which, hopefully, can be ironed out. These are indeed breakthroughs in our determined efforts to achieve a just and enduring peace for all Filipinos,” she said.

“At the same time, we continue to engage stakeholders in the communities through dialogues and collaborative endeavors to ensure that our peace agenda is reflective of the sentiments, aspirations and values of our people,” the Chief Executive added.

Stressing that peace remains a top priority of her administration, the President also called on everyone to support and cooperate so that gains in peace and development could be sustained.

The resumption of the peace talks stalled after the CPP-NPA-NDF demanded the withdrawal of criminal charges against the rebels’ negotiators and consultants.

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Avelino Razon Jr. said the government will exhaust all legal means to allow the rebels’ negotiators to attend the scheduled Oslo talks on Sept. 5. (PNA)

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