The GPH wants to do away with The Hague Joint Declaration

ANG BAYAN
21 February 2012

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It is not only the JASIG that the GPH wants to set aside. Also under attack are other key agreements like The Hague Joint Declaration (THJD) which was signed by the NDFP and GPH in 1992.

In February 2011, the GPH feigned recognition of the 12 previously signed agreements with the NDFP that were the fruits of decades of negotiations. At the same time, however, it dismissed THJD as a mere mechanism, and refused to see it as the foundation document that defined the character of the entire talks.

The GPH's stand is contrary to the actual role of THJD. All agreements signed by the NDFP and the GPH in close to 20 years of talks were forged on the basis of THJD. THJD is a key agreement because it sets the framework on how two parties representing diametrically opposed interests could engage in talks. THJD avers that peace negotiations must be conducted in accordance with mutually acceptable principles, among them national sovereignty, democracy and social justice and that no conditions should be set that would contradict the character and objective of the peace talks.

In refusing to recognize THJD as a fundamental agreement, the GPH has deviously invalidated all previous agreements forged on this basis, including the JASIG and the CARHRIHL. It wants to negate all the victories attained in the peace negotiations in the past two decades and set new bases for the talks, with the aim of having the revolutionary forces surrender their weapons and submit to the reactionaries.