OSLO, NORWAY, Aug. 27 — They all came with guarded optimism and managed expectations.
When they leave on Saturday, August 27, they will be bringing results beyond what they were hoping for. It was swift and cordial but nevertheless substantive and intense. None of the acrimonious exchanges happened.
Instead, the discussions were jovial punctuated by off-the-cuff remarks and banters that periodically made everybody in the room laughing out loud. Some giggling, even.
Yes, there were breaks in between but they were devoted to discussing the fine prints of the documents and drafts that were passed and handed out across the table.
They capped their discussions and exchange of notes with a boodle fight dinner Thursday evening, August 25.
Peace negotiating panels from the Philippine government (GRP) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) on Thursday reached agreements on six major agenda taken up at the resumption of the formal peace negotiations here in Oslo.
The unprecedented and historic pace and conclusion of this Oslo round left the host Royal Norwegian Government (RNG) very pleased and satisfied.
The round is highlighted with indefinite ceasefire