Philippines and communist rebels start peace talks after truce in Oslo
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.
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