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Norwegian govt to still assist peace talks

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The Norwegian government will continue to assist peace negotiations between the Philippine government (GPH) and the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque disclosed this following the recent courtesy call of Idun Tvedt, Norwegian special envoy to the peace process between GPH and CPP-NPA-NDF, on President Rodrigo Duterte.

He said during the one-hour meeting, Tvedt assured the President that the Norwegian government will provide assistance if the parties decide to resume the talks.

“The special envoy reiterated the commitment of the Norwegian government to assist the Philippines in its peace process with the CPP-NPA-NDF,” Roque said.

Duterte, on the other hand, embraced Norwegian’s commitment and noted the Philippine government still seeks for peace.

“The President welcomes Norway’s expression of commitment and stressed that the goal of peace muct be achieved with due regard for the national interest of the Philippines,” Roque said.

“The President stressed that the Philippines is committed to peace,” he added.

Duterte vowed to pursue peace talks with the communist rebels but due to insincerity to the negotiations, the President decided to terminate the talks in November last year.

“In spite of the best efforts exerted by the administration, the NDC-CPP-NPA failes to show its sincerity and commitment in pursuing genuine and meaningful peace negotiation as it engaged acts of violence and hostilities, endangering the lives and properties of innocent people,” the Proclamation 360 read.

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