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The Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP),* the largest ecumenical formation of church leaders in the country, congratulates the incoming Negotiating Panel of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Panel of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), for successfully concluding their preliminary talks in Oslo, Norway, with the help of the third party facilitator, the Royal Norwegian Government. Their initial talks produced a Joint Statement indicating that the two parties will resume the formal peace talks on the third week of July, 2016.

Statement of the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform

Voting for peace means choosing candidates who will work for a just and enduring peace. Candidates who do not only pay lip service to peace but those who have a clear track record of addressing the challenges of social justice and the need for fundamental socio-economic reforms that will address the issues of poverty and inequity – the roots of the armed conflict in the country.

As Christendom celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP), calls on the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) to resume formal peace talks. May this season of hope inspire both parties to break down the dividing wall of hostility and engage in principled negotiations to end the decades-old armed conflict in the country.

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