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For any accord to last it must be based on justice and meaningful change, says Archbishop Antonio Ledesma

Philippine religious leaders welcome progress in peace talks

Philippine government and rebel negotiators look over documents during the ongoing peace talks in Oslo, Norway, that aim to end almost five decades of conflict. (Photo by Edwin Espejo)

Religious leaders in the Philippines welcomed the progress of ongoing peace negotiations between the government and communist rebels being held in Oslo, Norway, this week.

Discussion of the root causes of the armed conflict "is something for which our nation and our people have been yearning for decades," said Archbishop Antonio Ledesma of Cagayan de Oro.

The prelate, who heads the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform, said an agreement on a framework for a comprehensive deal on social and economic reforms "is impressive."

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