Philippines' Aquino seeks Norway's help in NDFP talks

January 10, 2014
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MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino on Thursday (January 9th) sought Norway's help in reviving failed peace talks with Maoist guerrillas, nearly a year after peace talks hosted by Oslo fell apart, AFP reported.

  • At a meeting in Manila Thursday (January 9th), Philippines Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario (left) and Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende discussed Norway's mediation of peace talks with the National Democratic Front. [Noel Celis/AFP]

    At a meeting in Manila Thursday (January 9th), Philippines Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario (left) and Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende discussed Norway's mediation of peace talks with the National Democratic Front. [Noel Celis/AFP]

Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende in Manila said Norway remained committed to mediating negotiations with the National Democratic Front (NDFP) and urged them to return to the negotiating table.

"While serious problems have confronted and continue to challenge this particular peace process, the president affirmed the government's commitment to pursue a peaceful settlement of all internal armed conflict," said Teresita Deles, Aquino's principal adviser on the talks.

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