Opening Statement of Sec. Jesus G. Dureza on the Fourth Round of Peace Talks, OPAPP
Opening statement of Sec. Jesus G. Dureza on the Fourth Round of Peace Talks
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENTIAL ADVISER ON THE PEACE PROCESS–MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2017
Opening statement of Presidential Peace Adviser Secretary Jesus G. Dureza on the Fourth Round of Peace Talks 3 April 2017 | Radisson Blue Palace Hotel, Noordijk, The Netherlands
(Greetings and thanks to the Norwegian host, the CPP/NPA/NDF, the government panel, guests, media and participants.)
It is the wish of President Duterte to achieve a lasting, sustainable and principled peace.
Today we witness history. The talks with the CPP/NPA/NDF panel has never gone this far before.
In this 4th round of peace talks, we shall tackle the heart and soul of the peace process, the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER).
We shall also work out a more stable bilateral or joint ceasefire agreement.
We have already agreed on the final outcome of the talks – lasting peace and sustainable development. This is not a case of one party giving in or giving up.
It is about finding an acceptable common ground that the bigger panel – the public – will accept and support.
The road to peace is never a paved one. It will be full of bumps and bends. Let us stay the course.