After holding 4 rounds of talks, the Philippine authorities on Saturday (May 27) introduced it’s cancelling talks with the communist motion.
Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza cited the Communist Party of the Philippines’ (CPP) order to the New People’s Army (NPA) to accentuate assaults in opposition to the federal government following the declaration of martial regulation in Mindanao because the “most serious development” that has put the peace talks in peril.
“By such defiant, blatant and serious challenge by the CPP/NPA/NDF directed at the gov’t under the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte despite all these gains in our work for peace and despite the personal show of goodwill and trust that the President no less has extended to the leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines, the government panel is now left without any recourse but to announce with due respects to our counterparts and to our facilitator, the royal Norwegian government that it will not proceed to participate in the scheduled 5th round of peace negotiations…,” he stated in an announcement.
Dureza introduced the cancellation of the peace talks in The Netherlands on the day that the fifth spherical of negotiations with the National Democratic Front, the NPA’s political arm, was supposed to start out.
He stated the peace negotiations with the communist motion is shelved “until such time as there are clear indications that an enabling environment conducive to achieving just and sustainable peace in the land through peace negotiations across this table shall prevail.”
Duterte declared martial regulation in Mindanao on May 23 amid the continued conflict between authorities forces and the terrorist Maute group in Marawi City.
After Duterte’s proclamation, the CPP-NPA urged its troops to step up the offensive in opposition to the federal government and the recruitment of recent fighters as “the necessity of waging revolutionary armed struggle becomes ever clearer.”
But even earlier than the communists’ defiance of Duterte’s martial regulation declaration, Dureza famous there have been already a number of challenges to the peace course of. These embrace the intensified assaults of the NPA nationwide; the general public’s doubt concerning the communists’ sincerity in pushing by way of with the peace talks; the general public admission of a few of the CPP-NDF panel members that they haven’t any management over the forces on the bottom; the “sudden and perceptible” erosion of public help for the peace talks, and the clamor to pursue localized peace talks as an alternative.
Duterte beforehand scrapped peace talks with the communists in February after authorities troops and the NPA each referred to as off the unilateral ceasefires they declared.
Despite the suspension of negotiations, Dureza urged all stakeholders to “stay the course” in achieving lasting peace.