efforts to resume GPH-CPP talks
By Office of Senator Chiz
June 23, 2015
PASAY CITY – Senator
Chiz Escudero welcomed plans by the government to restart negotiations
with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), and expressed hopes
that the two parties make concrete progress to resume the stalled
peace talks as soon as possible.
“We should welcome this
positive development. Any effort that would bring armed conflict to a
permanent and just closure through peaceful means deserves the
nation’s support,” Escudero said.
Escudero called on the
government and the communist group to “show leadership, courage and
responsibility to sustain the effort toward achieving peace.”
He said it was also
important that before returning to the negotiating table, each side
put forward concrete proposals rather than just complaints and
“I encourage both sides to
persevere in their commitment to a peaceful and just settlement of
conflicts, otherwise the peace talks will again lead to nothing,”
Talks with the CPP and its
armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), were suspended a few years
ago after the communist rebels demanded the release of their
consultants from government custody.
The CPP-NPA reportedly
prefers to talk peace with the next administration after questioning
the Aquino government’s sincerity in the peace talks.
But just recently,
government negotiators said they were coordinating with Norway to
determine how the negotiations with the communist group can move
forward. Norway facilitates the peace talks between the government and
the National Democratic Front, the CPP-NPA’s negotiating arm.