Philippines, communist rebels agree to resume talks, truce

Philippines, communist rebels agree to resume talks, truce

Manila - The new peace talks start early next month and discuss the terms of a broader cease-fire.



By AP

Published: Sun 12 Mar 2017, 8:22 AM

Last updated: Sun 12 Mar 2017, 12:33 PM

The Philippine government and communist rebels say they have agreed to resume peace talks and restore separate cease-fires after an escalation of deadly clashes.
Presidential adviser Jesus Dureza said Sunday that government and rebel negotiators would resume talks early next month and discuss the terms of a broader cease-fire.
Norway, which has been brokering the negotiations, hosted two days of informal talks in the Netherlands that led to a decision to resume the talks.
The Philippines also has agreed to release a rebel consultant to the talks and reinstate immunities from arrest for other New People's Army guerrilla consultants.
The 48-year communist rebellion, one of Asia's longest, has left about 40,000 combatants and civilians dead and stunted economic development.


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