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Duterte wants CPP-NPA peace talks in PH – Esperon

Dec 06, 2019 - 8:42 PM

The President also wants communist guerrillas to take it seriously when a ceasefire is declared, or else current efforts to stamp out the insurgency will continue, says the National Security Adviser

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Roa Duterte is shown a pile of documents by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. prior to the start of the National Security Council (NSC) Executive Committee Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on March 19, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Sudan agrees to aid, ceasefire, in peace talks with rebels

Oct 21, 2019 - 11:46 PM

'The political declaration will pave the way for political negotiations and is a step towards a just, comprehensive and final peace in Sudan,' says General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, a key figure in Sudan's transitional government

PEACE TALKS. In this file photo, General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, Sudan's deputy head of the Transitional Military Council, attends the signing of the constitutional declaration with protest leaders, at a ceremony attended by African Union and Ethiopian mediators in the capital Khartoum on August 4, 2019. File photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

Taliban leader says no ceasefire as U.S. envoy heads to region

Jun 02, 2019 - 12:08 AM

The Taliban's fight 'and resistance against the occupation is nearing the stage of success, Allah willing,' says Taliban chief Haibatullah Akhundzada

NO CEASEFIRE. This AFPTV screen grab from a video made on May 28, 2019 in Moscow shows Taliban Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar during a conference marking a century of diplomatic relations between Afghanistan and Russia, followed by discussions with Afghan politicians about the future of the country. Photo by Nikolay Korzhov/AFPTV/AFP

Venezuela peace talks in Oslo provide glimmer of hope

May 16, 2019 - 11:30 PM

It is the second time that such talks have been held in Oslo between Nicolas Maduro's regime and Juan Guaido's representatives, says Norway's NRK radio and television network

SHOWDOWN. A combination of file photos of Venezuela's National Assembly head Juan Guaido (left) and President Nicolas Maduro. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Kabul on lockdown as assembly discusses peace with the Taliban

Apr 30, 2019 - 7:01 PM

The loya jirga is being held as the US and Taliban are discussing a possible foreign troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in exchange for a permanent ceasefire and various Taliban pledges

LOYA JIRGA. In this file photo taken on April 29, 2019, Afghan people attend the first day of the 'loya jirga' (grand assembly) in Kabul. File photo by STR/AFP

Afghan military could pose threat to country if aid ends – U.S. report

Mar 29, 2019 - 10:34 AM

'Without financial support, the government of Afghanistan cannot survive,' says a report by the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction

Afghan security personnel stand guard near the site of an attack near the Marshal Fahim Military Academy base in Kabul on January 29, 2018. Gunmen launched a pre-dawn attack on a military academy in Kabul on January 29, security officials and sources told AFP, in an ongoing assault that marks the latest violence to strike the Afghan capital. / AFP PHOTO / WAKIL KOHSAR

[OPINION] Will local peace talks succeed?

Mar 26, 2019 - 9:01 AM

Some lessons to learn from the Colombian peace model

U.N. council hails Central Africa peace deal as important step

Feb 14, 2019 - 1:13 AM

In a unanimous statement, the United Nations Security Council welcomes the deal and urges all sides to implement it 'in good faith and without delay'

UN COUNCIL. In this file photo, the United Nations Security Council meets on January 26, 2019, at the United Nations in New York. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Central African peace deal still not fully signed – minister

Feb 07, 2019 - 9:57 PM

'There are still 3 signatures' needed, government spokesman Ange Maxime Kazagui says, without identifying the individuals or their affiliation

PEACE DEAL. Central African president Faustin-Archange Touadera (L) and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (R) attend the inking of a peace deal between the government of the Central African Republic and 14 armed groups in Khartoum on February 05, 2019. Photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

Central Africa seals peace deal with armed groups

Feb 02, 2019 - 11:41 PM

On his own Twitter account, African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui confirms an accord has been reached between the government and 14 armed groups, even if certain details still have to be ironed out

PEACE DEAL. A protester raises her arm in front of Minusca base (peacekeeping mission) during a demonstration against the dismissal of the speaker of the National Assembly, Abdou Karim Meckassoua, on October 23, 2018 in Bangui. File photo by Florent Vergnes/AFP

Yemen truce, prisoner swap timelines pushed back – U.N.

Jan 28, 2019 - 9:44 PM

The Hodeida agreement stipulates a full ceasefire, followed by the withdrawal and redeployment of rival forces from the city – two clauses that have yet to be fulfilled

YEMEN TALKS. In this file photo, UN special envoy on Yemen Martin Griffiths speaks with members of his delegation on September 7, 2018 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Yemen gov't accuses rebels of violating Hodeida truce

Jan 24, 2019 - 11:12 PM

The news comes as reports surface that the UN is looking to replace the head of a monitoring mission to Hodeida, a lifeline to millions of Yemenis dependent on its imports to survive

VIOLATION? This file photo shows Yemen President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi addressing the United Nations General Assembly on September 26, 2018 in New York City. File photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

13 killed in run-up to latest Central Africa peace bid

Jan 22, 2019 - 11:30 PM

The violence occurs just days before a new round of peace talks which begin on Thursday, January 24, in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum

Afghan Taliban says 'post-occupation' discussed with Iran

Jan 01, 2019 - 5:41 PM

The Taliban delegation discusses with Iran 'the post-occupation situation, restoration of peace and security in Afghanistan and the region'

TALKS. Representatives of the Taliban attend international talks on Afghanistan in Moscow on November 9, 2018. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Iran says Afghan Taliban were in Tehran for peace talks

Dec 31, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Iran's push for peace talks which aim to bring an end to the 17-year conflict comes after Trump's withdrawal of US troops in Afghanistan

COOPERATION? Taliban forces engage in dialogue with Iran to negotiate an end to the 17-year conflict in the region, File photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Lorenzana sees no need for now to return to negotiating table with Reds

Dec 28, 2018 - 3:43 PM

DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says for peace talks to resume, the CPP-NPA must first 'renounce their armed struggle'

ARMED STRUGGLE. Fighters of the NPA's Melito Glor Command march from their bases to celebrate the Party's founding on December 27, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Yemen's warring parties agree Hodeida ceasefire at U.N. talks

Dec 14, 2018 - 8:24 AM

If implemented, the deal on the Hodeida port, a key gateway for aid and food imports, could bring relief to a country where 14 million people stand on the brink of famine

CEASEFIRE. Yemen's foreign minister Khaled al-Yamani (L) and rebel negotiator Mohammed Abdelsalam (R) shake hands under the eyes of United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres (C), during peace consultations taking place at Johannesberg Castle in Rimbo, north of Stockholm, Sweden, on December 13, 2018. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Race to broker truce as Yemen talks enter final hours

Dec 13, 2018 - 1:02 PM

Intense talks are continuing on Sanaa airport, shut down for years in the conflict between the Saudi-backed government and northern rebels linked to Iran

YEMEN TALKS. A picture shows the international airport in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on November 23, 2017. File photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

U.N. chief to attend Yemen peace talks amid de-escalation push

Dec 12, 2018 - 10:28 AM

UN chief Antonio Guterres will 'hold meetings with the two delegations and will address the closing session of this round of consultations'

YEMEN PEACE TALKS. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at the New York University Stern School of Business in New York on May 30, 2017. File photo by  Jewel Samad/AFP

Yemen government says rebels 'not serious' at U.N. talks

Dec 08, 2018 - 8:58 PM

Government representatives, rebel spokesmen, and UN Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths say the talks are not aimed at finding a political solution to the conflict

CONFLICT. Rana Ghanem, member of a Yemeni government's delegation, speaks to journalists during the ongoing peace talks on Yemen held at Johannesberg Castle, in Rimbo, 50km north of Stockholm, Sweden, December 8, 2018. Photo by Henrik Montgomery/TT NEWS AGENCY/AFP

Yemen war rivals double down as U.N. talks open

Dec 07, 2018 - 8:27 AM

On the table at the Sweden talks is the fate of Hodeida, the last rebel stronghold on Yemen's Red Sea coast and the conduit for 90% of vital food imports

TALKS. UN special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths (L) shakes hands with Yemeni delegates during the opening press conference of the Yemeni peace talks at Johannesberg castle in Rimbo, Sweden on December 6, 2018. Photo by StinaStjernkvist/TT News Agency/AFP

Sweden talks 'critical opportunity' for Yemen peace – UAE

Dec 04, 2018 - 3:28 PM

The comments from the United Arab Emirates come as UN envoy Martin Griffiths is in the rebel-held capital Sanaa seeking to push forward the planned talks

PEACE TALKS. This file photo shows Yemeni pro-government forces gathering on the eastern outskirts of Hodeida on November 10, 2018.  File photo by AFP

Yemen peace talks set for early December in Sweden – U.S.

Nov 22, 2018 - 12:35 PM

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the Saudis and United Arab Emirates 'are fully on board, by the way'

CLASH. In this file photo, Yemeni pro-government forces gather on the eastern outskirts of Hodeida, as they continue to battle for the control of the city from Huthi rebels on November 9, 2018. File photo by AFP

Duterte open to meeting exiled communist leaders

Nov 11, 2018 - 10:34 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says self-exiled communist leaders Fidel Agcaoili and Luis Jalandoni requested a meeting with him in the Philippines

TALKS AGAIN? President Rodrigo Duterte says a meeting with communist peace negotiators is a 'maybe' for him and the military. Malacañang file photo

Yemen president at U.N. dismisses talks with Huthis

Sep 27, 2018 - 1:41 PM

'All attempts at peace that are made with this group are doomed to fail,' President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi tells the UN General Assembly

NO PEACE TALKS? Yemen President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 26, 2018 in New York City. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

Colombian rebel group ELN releases 6 hostages, says ICRC

Sep 13, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The group is handed over to a humanitarian commission made up of the Ombudsman, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the Roman Catholic Church

RELEASED. This handout picture released by the Colombian Ombudsman Office shows hostages walking next to Ombudsman Carlos Alfonso Negret (L) after being released by the ELN guerrilla in Choco department, Colombia, on September 12, 2018. Handout photo by Colombian Ombudsman/AFP

Yemen gov't slams UN envoy for 'appeasing' rebels

Sep 08, 2018 - 7:11 PM

Yemen's foreign minister says UN envoy Martin Griffiths 'is providing excuses' for the Huthi rebels' absence in the peace talks

UN ENVOY. In this file photo, Martin Griffiths (C), the UN special envoy for Yemen, disembarks from a plane upon his arrival at Sanaa international airport on June 16, 2018 for talks on the key aid port of Hodeida where Huthi rebel fighters are battling a regional coalition. Photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP

'We just didn't make it,' UN envoy says as Yemen talks falter

Sep 08, 2018 - 5:10 PM

The Huthis have refused to leave the rebel-held capital of Sanaa unless the United Nations meets a list of conditions, which includes securing a safe return from Geneva for their delegation

YEMEN PEACE TALKS. UN special envoy on Yemen Martin Griffiths speaks with members of his delegation on his way to a meeting with Yemen's foreign minister at a hotel on September 7, 2018 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Yemen peace talks in balance as parties trade ultimatums

Sep 07, 2018 - 11:26 AM

The Geneva talks are meant to be the first since 2016, when 108 days of negotiations between the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and rebels failed to yield a deal

PEACE TALKS. United Nations special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths gives a press conference on September 5, 2018, ahead of peace talks with the government and Huthi rebels in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

South Korea team to fly North to discuss summit details

Sep 02, 2018 - 7:33 PM

Chung Eui-yong, head of the presidential National Security Office, will lead a 5-member delegation to the North's capital

KIM AND MOON. This handout taken on May 26, 2018 and released by South Korea's presidential Blue House on May 27, 2018 shows South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (right) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un walking together after the summit at the north side of the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas. AFP/The Blue House

No face-to-face meetings at Yemen peace talks

Sep 02, 2018 - 7:17 PM

Yemen's warring parties confirm they are sending high-level delegations to the talks but officials say expectations of a breakthrough are low

South Sudan's Riek Machar refuses to sign peace deal – mediator

Aug 28, 2018 - 7:47 PM

Sudanese Foreign Minister Al-Dierdiry Ahmed says the opposition's refusal to sign spelled the end of the current Khartoum talks

END TO PEACE TALKS? This combination of pictures created on June 19, 2018 shows (L) South Sudan's President Salva Kiir on January 29, 2018 and (R) South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar on January 26, 2016. File photos by Simon Maina and Isaac Kasamani/AFP

Duterte warns communists he's prepared to 'bomb' them

Aug 21, 2018 - 9:44 PM

Local government officials who give aid to communist rebels will lose powers over the police, says President Rodrigo Duterte

Colombia's ELN says will free hostages after pressure from president

Aug 15, 2018 - 12:46 PM

The rebels' chief negotiator Pablo Beltran says the group is discussing how to carry out the releases with the International Committee of the Red Cross

PEACE TALKS. In this file photo, a man arranges a symbol of peace in the press center in Cartagena, Colombia, on September 24, 2016. Luis Robayo/AFP

Colombia's new leader plans changes to FARC peace deal

Aug 08, 2018 - 9:58 AM

In his inaugural address, President Ivan Duque says he will take steps to fix 'structural flaws' in the deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia

NEW PRESIDENT. Colombia's Ivan Duque gives his thumb up during his inauguration ceremony at Bolivar Square in Bogota, on August 7, 2018. Photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

CPP rejects localized peace talks

Jul 13, 2018 - 2:21 PM

'Surely, this pretend "localized" peace talks will not involve even a single genuine revolutionary force. Duterte will certainly be negotiating only with its own shadow,' says the Communist Party of the Philippines

COMMUNIST REBELS. The Communist Party of the Philippines has rejected the Duterte administration's planned localized peace talks. File photo by Mick Basa

Duterte okays guidelines for localized peace talks

Jul 12, 2018 - 4:15 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is set to issue an executive order formalizing guidelines for peace talks between local governments and communists in their areas

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the Security Cluster Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on July 11, 2018.

Duterte's demand 'unacceptable' – CPP

Jul 05, 2018 - 12:24 PM

The Communist Party of the Philippines notes that a presidential proclamation formally terminating peace negotiations 'has never been rescinded'

NPA. This file photo shows members of the New People'€™s Army in Maco, Compostela Valley, on September 15, 2017. File photo by Mick Basa

Duterte wants peace talks in PH – Dureza

Jul 05, 2018 - 9:52 AM

Chief Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza says President Rodrigo Duterte also wishes for Norway to continue as facilitator in the event peace talks are resumed

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Lorenzana to Joma Sison: Without peace talks, you are irrelevant

Jul 01, 2018 - 8:07 PM

'Mr Sison, you know that the peace talks is the only thing that is keeping you in the limelight,' Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana tells Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria 'Joma' Sison

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Joma Sison ruling out talks with gov't? 'That's fine,' says Duterte

Jun 28, 2018 - 6:37 PM

Saying military operations against communists will continue, the President belittles the New People's Army's capability to harm the government

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oath of office of around 1,900 newly-elected barangay chairpersons in the Zamboanga Peninsula. The ceremony was held at the Municipal Gymnasium in Molave, Zamboanga del Sur on June 26, 2018. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Joma Sison: No more peace talks, better to oust Duterte

Jun 28, 2018 - 6:00 PM

(5th UPDATE) Sison's announcement comes on the day both sides were supposed to resume talks in Oslo

NO MORE TALKS. Joma Sison says communists cannot resume peace talks with Duterte still leading the Philippines. Rappler file photo

[OPINION] Interim peace proposal for 3-month wait in talks with communists

Jun 25, 2018 - 4:35 PM

Jose Maria Sison predicted more bloodshed. Indeed, clashes between government troops and communist rebels have flared up anew. What is to be done?

Lumad groups urge government, NDF to continue peace talks

Jun 22, 2018 - 3:37 PM

Datu Dulphing Ogan, secretary general of the Kalumaran organization, says indigenous peoples will benefit the most from the talks between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines as this will bring peace

DISPLACED. Displaced Lumad from from Lagonglong town in Misamis Oriental seeks shelter at the Misamis Oriental Provincial Capitol in Cagayan de Oro. File photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Communist rebels OK 3-month postponement of peace talks

Jun 21, 2018 - 8:31 AM

The National Democratic Front says in a statement on Thursday, June 21, that it agrees 'to continue peace negotiations and to overcome obstacles and impediments'

ALL SMILES. Government negotiator Hernani Braganza flies to Utrecht to formally relay President Rodrigo Duterte's adjustments to the timeline of talks. Photos released by government panel

Outgoing envoy of 'Norwegia' hails ties with Philippines

Jun 18, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Outgoing Norwegian Ambassador Erik Førner pushes for the resumption of peace talks with communist rebels

ORDER OF SIKATUNA. President Rodrigo Duterte confers the Order of Sikatuna to outgoing Norwegian Ambassador Erik Førner. Photo from the Norwegian Embassy in the Philippines

NDF bares documents to show progress before Duterte halted talks

Jun 17, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The stand-down agreement was supposed to take effect on June 21 and the formal peace talks would resume on June 28, according to a timeline provided by the National Democratic Front

SIGNED. Government chief negotiator Secretary Silvestre Bello III signed a stand down agreement with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. File photo by Edwin Espejo/OPAPP

Drilon says Duterte is right, peace talks should be in PH

Jun 16, 2018 - 3:56 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says holding the peace talks here will show the government's sincerity and confidence in both parties, and the communists' recognition of the legitimacy of the Philippine government

PEACE TALKS. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says 'it's about time' that the peace talks are held on Philippine soil. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB