22 February 2013
President Benigno S. Aquino III welcomed the Royal Norwegian Government Team of Facilitators led by Special Envoy for Peace Process, Ambassador Ture Lundh, the Norwegian Ambassador to the Philippines Knut Solem, Embassy of Norway in Manila Counsellor Knut-Are Okstad and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Section for Peace and Reconciliation Adviser Linn-Kaja Rogstad.
Joining the President’s side were Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles, Government of the Philippines (GPH) chief peace negotiator Alexander Padilla, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Jose Brillantes and Presidential Political Adviser Ronald Llamas.
The Norwegian government has been facilitating the peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines since 2010.
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