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``We will do our best and see what can be done,'' a presidential palace statement quoted Ms. Arroyo as telling Mr. Helgesen. ``We need to work with both parties if this is to move forward,'' Mr. Helgesen said. ``It will not be easy but we will work closely with the Filipino people.''
On Friday, Mr. Helgesen met with Foreign Secretary, Blas Ople, who welcomed Norway's ``commitment to the success of our peace process,'' a Department of Foreign Affairs statement said. Norway's top peace broker also held separate meetings with the Vice-President, Teofisto Guingona, the Defence Secretary, Angelo Reyes, members of the government peace panel and other officials.
He also held talks on Saturday with left-wing Congressman, Satur Ocampo, and representatives of human rights groups and other peace advocates. ``He is trying as much as possible to elicit opinions, views, recommendations on how to push the peace process which the Norwegian government is committed to facilitate,'' said Mr. Ocampo.
The Government suspended peace talks which were held in Oslo in June 2001 after guerrillas killed a former congressman and an intelligence officer. The rebels defended the attack as punishment for his alleged human rights violations during the government of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
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