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Joma: Formal peace talks set in Oslo

DAVAO CITY – A month after the informal peace talks between Presidential Adviser on Peace Process Jesus Dureza and Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison held an informal peace talks, formal peace negotiation between two parties will resume sometime third week of July in Oslo, Norway.

This was revealed by Sison in his video message during a forum on GPH-NDFP peace talks at the Davao City Recreation Center (DCRC).

He is hopeful of the success of the first formal peace talks under a Duterte administration while noting that it will lead to further hard work by the “principals, negotiators, consultants, ceasefire monitors and other focused personnel of the negotiating parties.”

“We are all elated by the success of the preliminary talks of the teams of the incoming Duterte government and the NDFP in Oslo last June 14 and 15,” he said.

The agenda that will be taken up on the peace table include the affirmation of previously signed agreements, the plan to accelerate the peace negotiations on the three remaining tems of the substantive agenda, release of all political prisoners by general amnesty, and the ceasefire. (AC)