New People’s Army | Philippines and communist rebels start peace talks after truce in Oslo
Communist Party of the Philippines' Benito Tiamzon and his wife Wilma Austria Tiamzon (L), released from prison on August 17, 2016 in order to participate in peace negotiations with the Philippines government in Norway, are seen in Oslo, Norway August 22, 2016.  Berit Roald/NTB Scanpix/ via REUTERS
Communist Party of the Philippines' Benito Tiamzon and his wife Wilma Austria Tiamzon (L), released from prison on August 17, 2016 in order to participate in peace negotiations with the Philippines government in Norway, are seen in Oslo, Norway August 22, 2016. Berit Roald/NTB Scanpix/ via REUTERS

Philippines and communist rebels start peace talks after truce in Oslo

August 22, 2016 7:55 AM (UTC+8)

 

(From Reuters)

The Philippine government and Maoist-led guerrillas opened peace talks in Oslo on Monday to try and end nearly five decades of conflict that has killed more than 40,000 people.

Communist Party of the Philippines' Benito Tiamzon and his wife Wilma Austria Tiamzon, released from prison on August 17, 2016 in order to participate in peace negotiations with the Philippines government in Norway, are seen in Oslo
Communist Party of the Philippines’ Benito Tiamzon and his wife Wilma Austria Tiamzon (L), released from prison on August 17, 2016 in order to participate in peace negotiations with the Philippines government in Norway, are seen in Oslo, Norway August 22, 2016. Berit Roald/NTB Scanpix/ via REUTERS

Both sides, who agreed a truce over the weekend, sat facing each other in the Holmenkollen Park Hotel’s “Nobel” room, named after the Nobel Peace Prize, with photographs of former winners including the Dalai Lama on the walls.

“This is a conflict that has been lasting for far too long,” Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende told the meeting, saying there now seemed to be a “historic momentum” building to end the conflict.

“I’m really crossing my fingers,” for progress, he told the parties, each represented by six negotiators. Read More

 

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