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Peace with Philippines' communist party not looking good, says official

Publication Date : 25-03-2014


Peace negotiations with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) have so far not proceeded to the satisfaction of the Philippine government, Secretary Teresita Quintos Deles, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, admitted on Tuesday.

In a briefing at the Presidential Palace, Deles said peace with the communists “does not look good,” especially with the process dragging longer than expected and having “delivered so little.”

Deles was not optimistic with the government’s relationship with the CPP, especially in comparison to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, whose negotiations resulted in the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro to be signed on March 27.

Nevertheless, she said the government was still open to the continuation of the talks with the CPP.

“Our position remains the same. We have said that we would like the peace negotiations to resume…on the basis of a clear doable time-bound agenda,” she said.

Deles said the government was hopeful that “there are leaders on the other side that will come to the same conclusion.”



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