Philippines, communist rebels agree to resume talks, truce

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.

Published: 12th March 2017 12:46 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th March 2017 12:46 PM   |  A+A-

This photo provided by the Presidential Photographers Division, Malacanang Palace, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, walks with released Filipino hostage Rexon Romoc, the 8-year-old boy kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf in Payao, Zamboanga Sibugay las

By Associated Press

MANILA: 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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