MANILA, March 14 (Xinhua) -- Peace talks between the Philippine government and the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) have bogged down, a senior official admitted Thursday.
Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said there was "no meeting of minds" from both the government and NDF representatives in the February peace negotiation held in the Netherlands, "that's why it bogged down."
He said the NDF, the political wing of the CPP-NPA, brought up many conditions, which were "unacceptable" for the government during the recent talks.
"The NDF issued a statement, as if it was all the government's fault, we are not in good faith, but it's farthest from the truth, " Lacierda said in a briefing
The NDF has accused the government of scuttling the February negotiation.
With the latest development, Lacierda said that the Aquino administration is in dialogue now with Norway, the third party facilitator, and "they're also assessing the situation."
The CPP-NPA-NDF has been waging war against the government for over four decades.