GRP-NDF talks resumption likely as gov’t lifts JASIG suspension

July 8, 2009 9:44 am 

MANILA, July 8 — Prospects are bright that the stalled peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front-Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (NDF-CPP-NPA) may resume soon after Malacanang lifted the suspension of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantee (JASIG) effective July 17.

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Avelino Razon, in a statement read by Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, said that the government and the NDF may soon return to the negotiating table after the successful conduct of informal talks between the two panels.

The informal consultations were facilitated by the Norwegian government.

“After the consultations with the NDF negotiating panel organized with the Norwegian government as facilitator, the Philippine government panel for talks with the CPP-NPA-NDF is pleased to announce that the prospects for a return to the peace negotiating table are very good,” Razon said.

“In light of this, the Philippine government is lifting the suspension of the JASIG effective July 17 this year to allow the members of the CPP-NPA-NDF to prepare for the resumption of the formal peace negotiations,” Razon’s statement further said.

Formal negotiations between the government and the NDF were suspended in 2004 following demands from the rebel group to have their armed organization delisted from the organizations identified by the United States and some European countries as terrorist groups.

The President ordered the suspension of the JASIG after the NDF unilaterally withdrew from the negotiating table in August 2005.

The JASIG suspension, which took effect Sept. 2, 2005, will have the effect of lifting the safe conduct passes of 97 NDF peace negotiators. (PNA)



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