Philippines Peace Talks to Resume in Oslo

Philippines peace talks expected to resume in February 2011 in Oslo, Norway, have been boosted by the Philippines government’s recent release of 43 alleged insurgents.
“The release of the prisoners means formal discussions will go ahead sometime in February in Oslo, Norway,” the UPI quotes the Communist Party.
“The Communist Party of the Philippines today welcomed President Benigno Aquino’s order for the Department of Justice to withdraw charges against the Morong 43 as a boost of goodwill for the forthcoming resumption of peace negotiations,” a party statement said.
Earlier in this month, two days of exploratory talks were conducted in Hong Kong between the Philippines government and communist-led groups with the aim to restart formal peace negotiations.
Formal talks with the government were suspended in 2004 when the National Democratic Front, an umbrella group of leftist organizations including the CPP, walked out of negotiations.

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