Norway congratulates Philippines on start of peace negotiations

‘I would like to congratulate the government of the Philippines and the communist movement NDFP on their decision to start formal peace negotiations. This is an important and timely step towards securing lasting peace in the Philippines,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide.

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Secretary Antonio Lagdameo from the Government of the Philippines and Luis Jalandoni from the NDFP shake hands after signing their Joint Statement for Peace. Credit: Mathias Rongved/Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Parties met in Oslo last week for discussions and the signing of a joint statement on a common vision for peace. The joint statement was signed at Oslo City Hall on Thursday 23 November, and the agreement was made public today.

‘I was honoured to be present at the signing ceremony and to witness the commitment of both Parties to bring more than 50 years of conflict to an end,’ said Mr Eide.  

In his remarks at the signing ceremony, the Foreign Minister of Norway emphasised the important role of dialogue and diplomacy in a turbulent world.  

Norway facilitated the confidential talks that led to the agreement to begin formal peace negotiations. 

‘Extensive work remains and we look forward to continuing to support the Parties in the process towards a final peace agreement,’ said Mr Eide.


  • The Joint Statement was signed by Special Advisor to the President Antonio Lagdameo Jr, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr, and Rtd General Emmauel Bautista from the government of the Philippines. Mr Luis Jalandoni, Ms. Julieta de Lima, and Ms Coni Ledesma signed from the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).   
  • The signing was witnessed by the Foreign Minister of Norway Espen Barth Eide and Special Representative Kristina Lie Revheim. 
  • The armed conflict between the Philippine government and the communist movement CPP-NPA-NDFP has lasted for over 50 years.  
  • Norway has acted as facilitator of the talks since 2001.  
  • The last round of formal talks was in 2017. 
  • An estimated more than 40 000 lives have been lost during the conflict.
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The delegations from the Government of the Philippines and the NDFP, pictured together with the Norwegian facilitation team at Oslo City Hall. Credit: Mathias Rongved/Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs