On Friday, the Philippine government and communist guerrillas finally signed an indefinite ceasefire deal to make way for the peace talks that aim to end a long-running insurgency.

“This is a historic and unprecedented event… (but) there is still a lot of work to be done ahead,” said President Rodrigo Duterte’s peace adviser, Jesus Dureza.

Both the government and the guerrillas agreed to have an indefinite unilateral ceasefire, which is something that has never been done before.

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Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende noted this milestone as a “major breakthrough”.

Both parties have been haing their meeting in Oslo since Monday, and was wrapped up with the signing ceremony on Friday.  They also agreed to “speed up the peace process, and aim to reach the first substantial agreement on economic and social reforms within six months.”

Furthermore, they are planning to follow this up with an agreement on both political and constitutional reforms before the final agreement on ending the armed conflict can be signed.

They will again meet in Oslo on October 8-12.

The Palace has expressed its delight with the peace talks. “We are happy with the ongoing peace talks in Oslo, where both parties have promised to complete the work on the comprehensive agreement on socioeconomic reforms within six months,” said Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella on Friday. ASCS

Source: MB

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