Friday, January 4, 2013

Statement of the GPH Panel in talks with the CPP/NPA/NDF

From the Website of OPPAP

Statement of the GPH Panel in talks with the CPP/NPA/NDF

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Posted on Wednesday, 2 January, 2013 - 18:16

It is unfortunate that the CPP/NPA/NDF is interested in looking for excuses to resume violence than it was to seek peace.

In a statement issued by the CPP today upon recommendation of the Negotiating Panel of the NDFP, the CPP declared an end to its self-imposed ceasefire on January 2 and cited as an excuse the “failure of the GPH to comply with the agreement last December 17-18 to extend its own ceasefire order to January 15."

This is a false claim as shown by the explicit provision of the Press Communique issued by the Norwegian Facilitator, the statement of Secretary Deles issued on December 20 affirming the extended ceasefire declaration, and the procedural processes undertaken by the security forces to officially affirm the extension of the SOMO and SOPO that led to its formal announcement by the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police this afternoon, January 2.

The said announcement was in keeping with the official communication of the GPH to the Norwegian Facilitator sent during the holiday break that reiterated our assurances of the announcement of the extension of the SOMO and SOPO before the original unilateral declaration lapses.

In their statement, the CPP also made another excuse saying that they did not want “to be placed in an unduly disadvantaged position when the AFP ends its suspension of military offensives by midnight tonight.” Since the time that Government made the ceasefire declaration, there have been no recorded violations by the military and police, which is a clear manifestation of our commitment to honor the ceasefire agreement.

Government stands firm to the nationwide ceasefire agreed upon with the NDF which commenced on December 20, 2012 and will remain effective until January 15, 2013. Our security forces will maintain its unilateral declaration of SOMO and SOPO, despite the CPP’s termination, and will stand ready to defend and protect our people. ##



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