The meeting is composed of more than 100 delegates, which includes panel members, consultants, technical staff, among others. It is expected that the agenda will focus on social and economic reforms and the bilateral ceasefire. Norwegian Special Envoy Elisabeth Slåttum will chair this fourth round of formal negotiations.
‘This new round of meetings show both parties’ commitment to peace despite the numerous challenges along the way. I hope that this round will help build a strong foundation for the peace accord and the final resolution of the conflict,’ says Ambassador Erik Førner.
The conflict between the Government and the communist movement has lasted for 47 years, and peace negotiations have been held intermittently for 30 years. Norway has been a facilitator for the peace process since 2001.