INCOMING President Rodrigo Duterte wants the communist insurgency to end “as soon as possible.”

Duterte’s representatives and communist rebels led by exiled leader Jose Maria Sison are set to meet in Oslo, Norway, on June 14-15 to discuss the resumption of peace negotiations.

Duterte’s incoming peace adviser Jesus Dureza said the informal talks show the next administration's commitment to end the decades-old insurgency “as soon as possible.”

Both sides may also delve into the issue of general amnesty for all political prisoners and interim mutual ceasefire.

“If you have a president like President Rody (Duterte) now who is even doing some of those unthinkable actions and announcements then it really moves forward, tapos makikita mo the other side is also very receptive,” Dureza said.
Dureza said the preliminary talks was arranged by the Norwegian government, which acts as the third-party facilitator for the peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the Communist Party of the Philippines, its armed wing the New People's Army, and its political front the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.
Joining Dureza in Oslo are incoming Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III and former Pangasinan Rep. Hernani Braganza while the NDFP will be represented by Sison, NDFP negotiator and spokesman Fidel Agcaoili, chief negotiator Luis Jalandoni, Julie de Lima-Sison, Connie Ledesma and two lawyers.

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