STATEMENT OF GPH Panel Chair Alexander Padilla on the Preliminary Negotiations held in Norway
Chairperson Alexander A. Padilla
GPH Panel for Peace Negotiations
with the CPP/NPA/NDF
18 January 2011
Preliminary negotiations were held between the negotiating panels of the government and the National Democratic Front (NDF), in Oslo, Norway, from 14-18 January 2011, under the facilitation of the Royal Norwegian Government, to prepare for the resumption of the formal peace negotiations next month which have been stalled since 2004.
During the just concluded preliminary negotiations, the government and the NDF Panels agreed to work for a ceasefire from February 15-21, 2011 to mark the resumption of the formal talks. The Government also agreed to work, on best effort basis, for the release of NDF consultants and personalities who are qualified under the JASIG so they may meaningfully participate in the negotiations.
The resumption of the formal negotiations with the NDF, which the parties hope to complete within 18 months, will focus on the remaining substantive agenda on: socio-economic reforms, political and constitutional reforms, and end of hostilities and disposition of forces. To avoid unwarranted disruptions of the negotiations, the parties also established sidetable mechanisms to review and address procedural and non-substantive issues such as JASIG implementation, the release of alleged political prisoners (APOs), and confidence-building and goodwill measures.
Peace negotiations is an essential component of the government’s comprehensive peace process aimed at reaching a final negotiated political settlement of the armed conflict with the CPP/NPA/NDF.#