“I am pleased that representatives of the Philippine Government and the NDFP will meet for a new round of talks. Despite challenges along the way, the parties continue to show their commitment to peace. Norway will continue to assist the parties as the third party facilitator of the peace process”, says Erik Førner, the Norwegian Ambassador to the Philippines.
This will be the fourth round of talks since formal negotiations were resumed summer 2016. This round will focus on issues such as social and economic reforms and a bilateral ceasefire agreement. The talks will be chaired by the Norwegian Special Envoy to the peace process, Ms. Elisabeth Slåttum.
The armed conflict between the Philippine Government and the communist movement’s armed wing has lasted for almost 50 years. Norway has been facilitator of the peace process since 2001.