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No more hope on resumption on peace talks with CPP-NDF& mdash;Palace

No more hope on resumption on peace talks with CPP-NDF& mdash;Palace.....»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardDec 6th, 2018

No more hope on resumption on peace talks with CPP-NDF& mdash;Palace

No more hope on resumption on peace talks with CPP-NDF& mdash;Palace.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 6th, 2018

Resumption of peace talks with Reds slim& mdash;Lorenzana

Resumption of peace talks with Reds slim& mdash;Lorenzana.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 7th, 2019

Palace changes tone on NDFP talks

Having stayed the scheduled resumption of the peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front supposed to happen on June 15, President Rodrigo Duterte changed tone and wanted the negotiations to continue in the Philippines......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsJun 19th, 2018

Dureza: Norway still third-party facilitator in peace talks with Reds

Norway remains the third-party facilitator in the peace talks between the Philippine government and the communist rebels, Peace Secretary Jesus Dureza said on Monday night. Dureza issued the statetement hours after presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a Palace briefing that Malacaang no longer saw the need to have a third-party facilitator in the resumption of peace talks. "The media report saying Norway is being removed or is no longer a 'facilitator' in the peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the communist rebels is a total fabrication," Dureza said in statement. "It is an example of irresponsible journalism." But it was Roque who told reporte...Keep on reading: Dureza: Norway still third-party facilitator in peace talks with Reds.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018

Sixty-Day Peace Talks “Last Chance” to End CPP Rebellion, Palace Says

Malacañang on Monday, April 22, said the possible resumption of the government’s peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) could be the “last chance” to finally put an end to the group’s decade-long rebellion. “The problem is we’ve been talking peace with them for years and years and years. Walang […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsApr 24th, 2018

Nationwide Round-Up

No peace talks until NPA attacks stop, says Palace MALACAÑANG ON Tuesday reiterated its conditions — primarily a cessation of hostilities — for the resumption of peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA). “As before, we reiterate that there must be an enabling […] The post Nationwide Round-Up appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 27th, 2018

Seoul: North Korea to send delegation to Olympics in South

By Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea agreed Tuesday to send a delegation to next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea, Seoul officials said, as the bitter rivals sat for rare talks at the border to discuss how to cooperate in the Olympics and improve their long-strained ties. The Koreas' first talks in two years were arranged after North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un recently made an abrupt push for improved ties with South Korea after a year of elevated tensions with the outside world over his expanding nuclear and missile programs. Critics say Kim may be trying to divide Seoul and Washington in a bid to weaken international pressure and sanctions on the North. During the talks, the North Korean delegation said it would send an Olympic delegation, which includes officials, athletes, cheerleaders, journalists and others, South Korea's Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung told reporters, according to media footage from the border village of Panmunjom, the venue for the talks. The South Korean delegation, for its part, proposed North Korea send a big delegation and conduct a joint march during the Feb. 9-25 Game's opening and closing ceremonies, Chun, one of the five South Korean negotiators, said. He said South Korea also suggested resuming temporary reunions of families separated by war and offering military talks designed to reduce animosities in frontline areas. South Korea also stressed the need to achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, Chun said. North Korea responded by saying the two Koreas must try to promote peace and reconciliation through dialogue, he said. The two sides were to continue their negotiations later Tuesday at Panmunjom, the only place on the tense border where North and South Korean soldiers are just feet away from each other. A North Korean soldier late last year defected to the South across Panmunjom amid a hail of bullets fired by his comrades. He was hit five times but survived. The meeting began with an amicable atmosphere Tuesday morning, with chief North Korean delegate Ri Son Gwon saying he hopes the talks would give "a New Year's first gift — precious results (of the talks) to the Korean nation." Ri's South Korean counterpart, Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, said he also hopes they would come up with a "good gift" for people in both Koreas. The overall prospect for the negotiations was still unclear. The two Koreas have a long history of ending key talks without any agreement and failing to follow through with rapprochement accords. An agreement on the North's Olympic participation had been widely expected before the talks began, but the Koreas remain sharply at odds over how to improve their overall ties. North Korea is expected to demand rewards in return for South Korea's offer for family reunions and military talks, like Seoul halting propaganda broadcasts and scaling back or halting military drills with the U.S., observers say. Suspension of the military drills would be unacceptable for Seoul because that would seriously undermine the alliance with its chief ally the United States, which wants to put more pressures on Pyongyang. The North views the drills as a rehearsal for a northward invasion. President Donald Trump on Saturday expressed hope for some progress from the talks and said he was open to talking with Kim himself. But U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley later said the U.S. administration isn't changing its conditions regarding talks with North Korea, saying Kim would first need to stop weapons testing for a "significant amount of time." In his New Year's Day address, Kim said there is an urgent need to improve inter-Korean ties and that he is willing to send a delegation to the Pyeongchang Games. He urged Seoul to halt the military drills with the U.S. and said he has a "nuclear button" to launch missiles at any target in the United States. South Korean liberal President Moon Jae-in, who favors dialogue as a way to defuse the North Korean nuclear standoff, welcomed Kim's outreach and proposed talks at Panmunjom. Kim quickly accepted. "As President Moon has said, the improvement of relations between North and South Korea cannot advance separately from resolving North Korea's nuclear program," Brian Hook, a chief adviser to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, told reporters in a conference call late Monday Washington time. "And so, we remain focused on our global pressure campaign. That campaign is designed to bring Kim Jong Un to the table for meaningful negations." The Trump administration agreed last week to delay springtime military drills with South Korea until after the Games. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis insisted the delay was a practical necessity to accommodate the Olympics, not a political gesture. Trump and Kim traded bellicose warlike rhetoric and even crude insults last year, as the North conducted it sixth and most powerful nuclear detonation and three tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles. The International Olympic Committee said Monday it has "kept the door open" for North Korea to take part in the Games. IOC spokesman Mark Adams said the registration deadline has been extended and that the Switzerland-based committee supports North Korean athletes in the qualification process, while respecting U.N. sanctions against North Korea......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

Palace looking forward to glitch-free peace talks

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang is upbeat about the peace negotiations in Oslo, Norway this month and has expressed hope that any issue will be settled thro.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 17th, 2016

Palace welcomes court ruling allowing jailed communist leaders to participate in peace talks

Malacanang welcomed on Friday a court ruling that allowed communist leaders to post bail in order for them to participate in the resumption of the formal peace talks with the Philippine government in Oslo, Norway on Aug. 20-27 this year......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 12th, 2016

Central African Republic, 14 armed groups reach peace deal

JOHANNESBURG --- A peace deal has been reached between the Central African Republic government and 14 armed groups after their first-ever direct dialogue aimed at ending years of conflict, the United Nations and African Union announced on Saturday. Details of the deal were not immediately available. Talks began Jan. 24 in Sudan's capital, Khartoum. "I am determined to work with the president and his government to address the concerns of our brothers who took up arms," said cabinet director Firmin Ngrebada, according to the U.N. The agreement represents rare hope for the impoverished, landlocked nation where interreligious and intercommunal fighting has continued since 2013. ...Keep on reading: Central African Republic, 14 armed groups reach peace deal.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2019

Lazio beats Inter on penalties to reach Italian Cup semis

By Daniella Matar, Associated Press MILAN (AP) — Lazio beat Inter Milan on penalties in the Italian Cup quarterfinals on Thursday, a result that will do little to dispel reports that Antonio Conte is in talks to become the next Nerazzurri coach. Lautaro Martinez and Radja Nainggolan had spot kicks saved as Lazio won 4-3 on penalties after the match ended 1-1 following Mauro Icardi's stoppage-time equalizer. Lazio will next play AC Milan. Atalanta faces Fiorentina in the other two-legged semifinal. It is the third successive year Lazio has reached the semifinals. It lost to Milan on penalties last season, while it beat Roma in 2017 but lost the final to Juventus. "If there was a team that should've won, it was Lazio," Immobile said. "We deserved it, then there was that penalty incident which forced us to postpone our celebrations. ... Now we hope to get our revenge on Milan." Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic pulled off a number of great saves to keep his side in the match but was surprised when Immobile's shot was deflected past him in the 108th minute after the Lazio forward had played a smart one-two with Felipe Caicedo. Matters almost went from bad to worse for Inter as defender Kwadwo Asamoah was shown a red card for a tackle on Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. However, the referee downgraded it to a yellow on video review. VAR came to Inter's assistance again when it was used to award a penalty for a Milinkovic-Savic foul on Danilo D'Ambrosio, after the referee had initially awarded a free kick. Lazio defender Stefan Radu was sent off for dissent and Icardi kept his cool under immense pressure to convert the penalty with the last kick of extra time. He also netted another penalty in the shootout, as did Marcelo Brozovic and debutant Cedric Soares for Inter. Handanovic saved from Riza Durmisi but Immobile, Marco Parolo and Francesco Acerbi were successful from the spot and Lucas Leiva converted the decisive penalty. It was Inter's third successive defeat and will pile the pressure on coach Luciano Spalletti. Earlier on Thursday, Conte was spotted walking past the Inter offices in the center of Milan. The former Juventus and Italy coach has been out of a job since being fired by Chelsea and he refused to respond to questions if he was in contact with Inter......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2019

Joma Sison nixes terms of new talks

LUCENA CITY --- The government and the communist rebels should not dictate the composition of both negotiating panels in the peace talks, said exiled Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria "Joma" Sison on Sunday. "Duterte is out of order if he insists that he dictates who [would] compose the NDFP (National Democratic Front of the Philippines) negotiating panel, advisers and consultants. Likewise, the NDFP cannot go over his head and dictate the composition of the GRP (government) negotiating panel, advisers and consultants," Sison said in an online interview from Utrecht in the Netherlands. Possible resumption Sison made the statement after President Rodrigo...Keep on reading: Joma Sison nixes terms of new talks.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 7th, 2019

Reds open to resumption of peace talks

        LUCENA CITY -- The leader of the communist-led National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) casually received President Rodrigo Duterte's announcement that he is not closing the door for the possible resumption of the stalled peace talks with the Maoist-inspired insurgents.   "The position of the NDFP is clear: it is open to resume peace negotiations with the GRP (Government of the Republic of the Philippines) under the Duterte regime anytime the latter so decides to avail of this avenue to bring about basic social, economic and political reforms for the benefit of the Filipino people," Fidel Agcaoili, NDFP chair, said in a sh...Keep on reading: Reds open to resumption of peace talks.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 4th, 2019

BANDILLO | Elusive peace

Efforts were made since early February this year for the possible resumption of formal talks. However, the government backtracked and pushed another track, the localized peace talks which discards the national peace talks held in neutral venue abroad. Last month, November, the President closed all doors to the possible revival of stalled peace talks. He then ordered government forces to wage all-out offensives against the NPA and adopted the whole-of-nation approach to crush the revolutionary movement......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsDec 30th, 2018

Fernandinho s absence hurting slumping Man City

By Steve Douglas, Associated Press MANCHESTER, England (AP) — From a 15-match unbeaten start to three losses in 18 days, Manchester City's title defense in the Premier League has unexpectedly hit a wall. That the slump has coincided with the absence of Fernandinho is surely no coincidence. The defensive midfielder from Brazil has been one of the unsung heroes in Pep Guardiola's remarkable team, providing protection for the defense and a robust platform for its dynamic attacking play. A former box-to-box midfielder, Fernandinho chips in with the odd goal, too. It's only when he's not around that he is really appreciated. City slipped to its first defeat of the season — a 2-0 loss at Chelsea on Dec. 8 — with Fernandinho in the starting lineup, but that was regarded as an anomaly. City dominated the first half at Stamford Bridge, wasting chances before being hit by two second-half goals. He was missing, injured with a thigh injury, when City lost 3-2 at home to Crystal Palace and 2-1 away to Leicester either side of Christmas, when Guardiola's team put in almost unrecognizable displays. And there's a good chance he won't be playing on Sunday when City looks to revive its title challenge at Southampton amid the 20th round of fixtures. City has dropped to third place, seven points behind unbeaten Liverpool and one adrift of Tottenham. Defensively, City has looked fragile in Fernandinho's absence, with his replacements — John Stones, a center back briefly converted to center midfield, and Ilkay Gundogan — not in the Brazilian player's class as a shield for the back four. Whether it's his positioning, his reading of the game or his astutely timed fouls that stop opposition breakaways, Fernandinho is key to the way City balances attack and defense and has been previously described by Guardiola as "a fundamental player for us" and one of the best midfield anchormen. Guardiola wanted a back-up for the 33-year-old in the offseason but failed in a bid to sign Italy international Jorginho, who snubbed City's offer in favor of following Maurizio Sarri from Napoli to Chelsea. City didn't have enough time to land any of its other potential targets — Ruben Neves of Wolverhampton Wanderers was linked — so went into the season with just one proper holding midfielder. It has proved to be the team's big weakness, relying too much on Fernandinho being fit. Guardiola could turn to Ajax youngster Frenkie De Jong in the next offseason but, more immediately, he will hope Fernandinho returns quickly. The Spanish coach has already reiterated he won't be buying anyone in the January window. Even if Fernandinho has a chance to return for the Southampton game, Guardiola would be wise to make sure he is fully fit for the home match against Liverpool on Thursday, given the significance of that fixture to the title race. One thing going in Guardiola's favor in his most testing spell this season is the return of creative midfielders Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva, who could both start at St. Mary's Stadium alongside Gundogan. Fabian Delph, who has been filling in at left back in place of the injured Benjamin Mendy, is suspended after his red card at Leicester, so Oleksandr Zinchenko should start there......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 29th, 2018

8,000 Reds surrender under localized peace talks — Lorenzana

MANILA, Philippines ---More than 8,000 communist rebels have surrendered since the government carried out localized peace talks, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Friday. In a Palace briefing, Lorenzana noted that most of the communist rebels who surrendered were from the Region 11 (Davao region), Masbate, and Samar. "For this year only, sabi nga ng in-charge, si General (Reynaldo) Mapagu, more than 8,000 already came down," Lorenzana said. The Defense chief said that some 1,700 of the surrenderees were the rebel group's unarmed "militias," noting that they are now surrendering because the issues raised by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) are now being addresse...Keep on reading: 8,000 Reds surrender under localized peace talks — Lorenzana.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 28th, 2018

Ecumenical group welcomes House’s call for resumption of GRP-NDFP peace talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 25 December) – The Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP) on Tuesday said it welcomes House Resolution 2339 urging President Rodrigo Duterte to resume peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). Adopted by the the House of Representatives on December 12, the resolution was authored by Rep. Ruby Sahali […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsDec 25th, 2018

NDFP’s Jalandoni won’t be arrested during talks, Palace says

Malacañang on Tuesday assured National Democratic Front of the Philippines senior adviser Luis Jalandoni that he would not be arrested once he returns to the country to attend informal peace talks with the government......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 20th, 2018

Jalandoni won’t be arrested — Palace

MALACANANG on Tuesday assured National Democratic Front (NDF) leader Luis Jalandoni that he would not be arrested when he attends the informal peace talks with the government in the country….READ The post Jalandoni won’t be arrested — Palace appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsNov 20th, 2018

Sison: Only Agcaoili may return to PH to meet with gov’t leaders

LUCENA CITY -- Without President Rodrigo Duterte's assurance on their safety and protection, the leaders of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) based overseas may cancel their scheduled return to the country to work for the possible resumption of the peace talks. Exiled Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison said Sunday that NDFP chair Fidel Agcaoili will leave Utrecht, The Netherlands for his homecoming trip to the Philippines on Monday (Nov. 19) "if there will be no threats" of his possible arrest. "But Louie and Coni had already decided not to return to the Philippines due to threats of arrest from General Ao (Interior Secretary Edu...Keep on reading: Sison: Only Agcaoili may return to PH to meet with gov’t leaders.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 18th, 2018