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Norway assures support to the GPH and CPP-NPA-NDF peace negotiation

by admin   |   Posted on Saturday, 17 February 2018 07:42 AM

Pres. Duterte and Norwegian Special Envoy to the Peace Process Idun Tvedt met on Thursday in a courtesy call.


MANILA, Philippines — The Norwegian Special Envoy to the Peace Process Idun Tvedt assured President Rodrigo Duterte of the Norwegian government’s continued support to the Philippine government’s peace negotiations with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

The Norwegian official expressed this during a courtesy call with President Duterte, Thursday.

For his part, the president is pleased with such commitment of Norway and emphasized the Philippines’ determination to achieve lasting peace in the country. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Going ‘Under’: Europe’s first underwater restaurant opens in Norway

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 06:56 PM

Courtesy : Reuters

Europe’s first underwater restaurant opens in Norway on Wednesday (March 20) with more than 7,000 customers booked in to eat among the fish.

Situated on the southern tip of Norway, the restaurant looks like a large concrete tube partly submerged in the North Sea. It is called Under, which also means “wonder” in Norwegian.

It was designed by Norwegian architecture firm Snoehetta, which also created the Opera house in Oslo and the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York.

Entering Under initially feels like going into a sauna, as wooden planks cover its upper section, but an eight-metre flight of stairs leads down to a large dining area that sits about 40 guests, walled by a gigantic transparent window to the ocean.

Snoehetta’s founder Kjetil Traedal Thorsen said the construction can cope with very harsh weather and is shaped in such a way that it can withstand what he called “the wave of the century”.

The restaurant is laid out so there are minimal reflections in the glass wall, which fills the room with natural light during the day, filtered by the greenish color of the water.

A full 18-course meal, based on local ingredients and seafood, can cost up to 3,700 crowns (430 U.S dollars) per person including drinks.

Under opens on Wednesday for friends and family of the owners and the first paying guests will be able to visit from early April.

There are only a handful of underwater restaurants around the world, mainly found in tropical waters like the Maldives in the Indian Ocean. – REUTERS

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Malacañang insists on holding GRP-NDFP peace talks in PH

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, 18 June 2018 05:57 PM

FILE PHOTO: Communist Party of the Philippines, New People’s Army, National Democratic Front of the Philippines and the incoming government peace panel during the formal resumption of peace talks at Oslo, Norway on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. (Photo courtesy: Jesus Dureza’s Facebook account.)


MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte wants peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Communist Party of the Philippines-National Democratic Front (CPP-NDF) to be held in the country.

In a press briefing, Malacañang explained that this matter concerns Filipinos, hence it should be resolved on Philippine soil.

The Palace added that instead of spending money for peace negotiations abroad, it should be used in ensuring security and sustaining the needs of the leftist group here.

“There is no need to travel outside the country if we are going to talk about peace.  We are Filipinos and these talks are about Filipinos,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

And if the formal talks push through, Roque believes there is no longer need for a third party facilitator.

The Royal Norwegian government has been mediating the peace negotiations of the Philippine government and NDF peace panels since 2001.

However, the administration is still open to the assistance of other countries that wish to help the Philippines attain lasting peace.

“Any party who wants to help and who has been involved in the process can help, but the point of our president is: why do we have to hold our peace talks in other countries,” said Roque.

Meanwhile, Malacañang denied that the stand-down agreement released by the leftist group over the weekend is an official document.

The deal signed by both panels is to prepare for the supposed resumption of peace talks on June 28th but Roque said it has to be verified.

The government also rebutted the statement of CPP founder Jose Maria Sison who alleged that the military is preparing for an all-out war against the New People’s Army, hence the postponement of the negotiations.

“Absolutely without basis po. You all know what are the activities of the Armed Forces of the Philippines currently.  We have not heard of offensives directed against the CPP-NPA so I appeal to the CPP-NDF to be careful with their public declarations,” said Roque. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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Dureza flies to Oslo peace forum; will update Norway on peace talks with Reds

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, 18 June 2018 12:14 PM

Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza


MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary  Jesus Dureza has left for Oslo, Norway on Monday, June 18.

Dureza will attend a peace forum which will be participated by peace negotiators from various countries.

The presidential adviser’s trip aims to share the Philippines’ experiences on peace negotiations and to learn from the experiences of other countries too.

“They try and gather together all the people who are involved in peace negotiations in different countries in the world. That will be a location for us to share experiences, share also mistakes so that we learn from them,” Dureza said.

He is also set to meet with the new Norwegian foreign minister to report the state of the peace negotiations in the Philippines.

He said this is also a chance to thank Norway for its strong support in the Philippines’ efforts in promoting peace between the government and the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).

Norway serves as the mediator for peace negotiations between the government and the CPP-NPA.

Before returning to the country, Dureza will visit and meet the Filipino community in Norway to report the situation of the nation under the Duterte administration.  — Asher Cadapan | UNTV News & Rescue

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