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Philippine government, communist rebels to resume talks

A group of women calls for the resumption of peace negotiations during a Women's Day march in Manila. (Photo by Angie de Silva)

 

Joe Torres and Leonel Abasola, Manila
Philippines

March 13, 2017

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The Philippine government and communist rebels have agreed to resume peace talks next month following calls from various groups and an escalation in armed clashes in recent weeks.

In a joint statement released on March 12, government and rebel peace negotiators announced that they would reinstate their respective unilateral ceasefires before talks begin in the first week of April.

Representatives from both sides met in the Netherlands last week to pave the way for a resumption of negotiations.

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