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Statement on the Fourth Round of GRP-NDFP Peace Talks

Peace is possible in our lifetime! This is the message that the successful fourth round of peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) has conveyed. The Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP) congratulates both panels and the third-party facilitator, the Royal Norwegian Government (RNG) with the help of the Dutch Government, for this positive development. The outcome of the talks shows that the concerns of the people are central to resolve the decades-old armed conflict in our land. It is a signpost of hope after the impasse of these past two months.

The Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP)* joins all peace advocates in rejoicing over the news of the continuation of the formal peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), with the fourth round scheduled in April and the fifth of June 2017. The two parties have recently released a joint statement after their informal talks last 10-11 March 2017 in Utrecht, The Netherlands after threshing out outstanding issues in a principled manner with the Royal Norwegian Government as third party facilitator.

PEPP Statement on Scuttling of the Talks

The Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform* calls on the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) to resume the formal peace talks in order to address the roots of the armed conflict despite recent developments that threaten to scuttle it for good. Over the weekend, the light of hope for a just and enduring peace through a negotiated political settlement that started on a very positive and upbeat note was suddenly snuffed out.

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