Resume peace talks w/ Reds - Sen. Mar Roxas

Thursday, August 23, 2007 | posted in , , , | 0 comments

From http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/topstories/topstories/view_article.php?article_id=79740

The communist-led National Democratic Front (NDF) welcomed Senator Manuel Roxas' call to resume stalled peace negotiations with the government.

Luis Jalandoni, chair of the NDF peace negotiating panel, said the revolutionary movement favors the resumption of formal peace talks on the basis of The Hague Joint Declaration and other bilateral agreements.

“Whatever help Senator Mar Roxas can extend towards the resumption of formal peace talks and the stopping of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances will be appreciated by the NDF,” Jalandoni said in a statement sent to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, parent company of INQUIRER.net.

In his speech at the Kilosbayan-Bantay Katarungan Forum at the Lyceum of the Philippines University last Friday, Roxas called on government to take up initiatives to provide much-needed stability to the nation amid conflicts between various factions.

The senator urged both the government and the NDF, the umbrella group of organizations within the communist rebel movement, to resume the peace talks without any preconditions from either side.

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