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Duterte refuses to resume peace negotiations with Reds
The peace process with the communist rebel group is on the rocks again.
President Duterte has refused to resume the government’s formal peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CCP) if the rebels would not stop attacking government forces.
The President imposed the condition on the peace negotiations during the meeting with the government peace panel in Malacanang last Tuesday.
“The President directed the government panel negotiating with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) not to resume formal peace talks unless the Reds agree to stop their attacks against government troops in Mindanao,” a Palace statement read.
The President has asked the communist rebels to reciprocate the good faith shown by the government in the peace process.
“President Duterte, for his part, stressed that the Reds really need to stop engaging the military in Mindanao if they want to continue the peace negotiations, adding that the government has always dealt with the communist rebels in good faith,” the statement read.
The President’s remarks came ahead of the planned back-channel talks between the government and rebel negotiators this month. The informal negotiations are reportedly aimed at ironing out concerns on the proposed ceasefire as well as extortion and other illegal activities committed by the rebels.
The fifth round of formal talks was suspended last May after the rebels ordered fighters to step up attacks against the government troops in protest against the martial law proclamation in Mindanao.
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