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Duterte says peace talks with the communists to resume in July

Peace talks between the Philippine government and the Communist Party of the Philippines are expected to resume next month, according to the Manila Times Online report on Saturday. Speaking in Cebu, President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated his commitment to peace negotiations with the communists, saying he had been talking with CPP founder Jose Maria Sison. “I’m talking to Sison.  We will start the talks maybe July,” said the president. On Friday, Sison welcomed Duterte’s announcement of peace talks to be resumed.  “If the NDFP (National Democratic Front of the Philippines) agrees to a stand-down agreement with the GRP (government of the Republic of the Philippines) negotiating panel, the CPP and the NPA also agree and will follow the terms of the stand down agreement, “said Sison. He said the stand-down agreement would create a favorable atmosphere for the resumption of peace talks and the interim peace agreement to be signed in Oslo, hopefully on Jun 28. He, however, said negotiations must not be held in the Philippines, but in a foreign neutral venue.  He added that a Philippine venue at this time would make the prace negotiations vulnerable to control by  the government or to sabotage by ultra-reactionary elements. Peace talks collapsed in November last year after the communist rebels’ continued attacks against government troops despite ongoing talks.  Duterte then move to declare the CPP and the NPA a terrorist organization. The post Duterte says peace talks with the communists to resume in July appeared first on Thai PBS English News.... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Duterte says peace talks with the communists to resume in July, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Duterte says peace talks with the communists to resume in July

 

 

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Published By: Thai PBS NETWORK - Saturday, 9 June, 2018

 

 

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