Philippines, communist rebels say they agree to resume peace talks

28 November 2023
2023-11-28 19:32

On Tuesday, the Philippine government and the country’s communist rebels have agreed to restart peace negotiations after a six-year break, with the aim of ending decades of armed conflict.

Successive Philippine administrations have held peace talks with the communists through their Netherlands-based political arm, the National Democratic Front (NDF). This latest effort followed informal discussions in the Netherlands and Norway that began in 2022 and were facilitated by the Norwegian government, officials said in Manila.  

Philippine military chief General said the resumption of talks was very good news. The announcement comes almost a year after Jose Maria Sison, who launched the insurgency, died in self-imposed exile in the Netherlands. The talks would begin next year but the exact date and venue were still being discussed, the NDF said.

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