Saturday, April 18, 2015

AFP ready to resume peace talks with NPAs

From the Philippine News Agency (Apr 18): AFP ready to resume peace talks with NPAs

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Saturday announced that it is open to the proposal of the CPP-NPA-NDF to resume peace talks with the government but stressed the group must stop its terroristic activities to demonstrate its commitment to the proposed negotiations.

CPP-NPA-NDF means Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front.

Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang, AFP chief-of-staff, said the proposal is a manifestation that the rebels continue to trust President Benigno Aquino III as a true advocate of peace.

He also said that the AFP fully supports the government in its drive to end all internal armed conflicts and push peace and development in conflict affected areas.

Catapang also reiterated his call to the rebels to seriously talk peace with government by showing sincerity in its actions.

He added that the NPAs must stop the abductions, killings, extortion activities, IED attacks, and other criminal acts to show their sincerity to their proposed peace negotiations.

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