NDFP prepares resumption of peace talks

A former Catholic priest, Jalandoni now serves as the chief of the NDFP peace panel.

A former Catholic priest, Jalandoni now serves as the chief of the NDFP peace panel.

Manila, the Philippines—National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Peace Panel Chairperson Luis G. Jalandoni has announced that the NDFP is now preparing for the resumption of the impending peace talks in Oslo, Norway.

Jalandoni, in an official statement sent to this reporter said, the peace talks between the NDFP and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) will resume sometime in August 2009.

“The GRP and NDFP Negotiating Panels have agreed on the implementation of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) for the purpose of enabling persons covered by JASIG to participate in the preparatory meeting and formal talks of the aforesaid parties in August.

Legal teams of the two panels are currently working and cooperating to ensure the implementation of the JASIG,” read Jalandoni’s statement.

Moreover, the GRP and NDFP Negotiating Panels have also agreed to exchange within July their respective drafts of the Joint Statement that shall be unified in a common draft by the aforesaid preparatory meeting and that shall be further discussed in the formal talks for approval and signing by the panels, says Jalandoni.

The Joint Statement shall embody the agenda and points of agreement of the panels in the formal talks, he explained.

Furthermore, as Third Party Facilitator, the Royal Government of Norway has helped the representatives of the GRP and NDFP Negotiating Panels to meet in The Hague last 15 June 2009 and agree on the necessary preparations for the resumption of formal talks. It is now making the arrangements for the preparatory meeting and formal talks to be held in Oslo in August 2009, Jalandoni’s statement said. (Dateline Philippines)