MANILA (Bernama) – A senior official said Monday the Philippine government is open to resume peace negotiations with leftist group Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), Xinhua news agency reported.
“Only if they are time-bound and doable. We have always said that we are open to resume talks provided that we avoid the mistakes of the past,” said presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda.
His statement came after CPP founder Jose Maria Sison said the government had appeared uninterested in resuming negotiations.
Lacierda said “friends” of the peace process have continued to help in the hope of restarting talks with CPP.
Presidential adviser on peace process Teresita Deles had expressed faith in achieving more milestones in peace process efforts this year especially with CPP.
“We would like to bring this (conflict) to the table and push improvement of the situation on the ground,” Deles said.
“We don’t want (the) problem of internal armed conflicts to remain a major thing that has to be managed or resolved by the next administration.”
The CPP has been waging war against the government for over four decades.