By RONALYN V. OLEA and INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO
“We would like to appeal to both panels to iron out their differences and proceed with the formal peace talks. We believe that it is better to engage in principled debate over the negotiating table rather than other venues.” – Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform
By RONALYN V. OLEA
Hopes for a resumption in the GPH-NDFP peace talks were dashed when the government panel refused the NDFP’s proposal for talks in September until the reciprocal working committees (RWC) on the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (Caser) shall have completed the common tentative agreement on social and economic reforms.
By RONALYN V. OLEA
“They’re [GPH] so enthusiastic about the schedule but they are the ones putting stumbling blocks.” – NDFP
By SATUR C. OCAMPO At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Posted by Bulatlat.com A high sense of optimism enlivened the hundred or so participants of the Mindanao Leaders Peace Conference convened early this week by Inpeace Mindanao in Cagayan de Oro City. Their hopefulness was infectious, springing from the positive results of the preliminary…
If the atmosphere that night was any indication, the talks were off to a good start. Everyone seemed determined to have a good time and did not mind letting their hair down.
By MACEL INGLES
“The challenges are great, but the possibilities for a peace agreement under the new presidency of Benigno Aquino are there,” Ambassador Ture Lundh of Norway’s foreign ministary said. “At the end of the day, however, it is the parties to the conflict that must prove decisiveness, boldness and political will to move forward, to achieve a just and lasting peace.”
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