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Philippines resets peace talks with communist rebels

Negotiations re-scheduled to ensure technical details are in place to ensure a 'formidable and durable foundation'.


The Philippine government said it will ask communist-led National Democratic Front rebels to re-schedule the resumption of formal peace negotiations from the last week of July to the third week of August this year.

"This is to ensure that all technical details related to the formal resumption in Oslo are attended to and addressed by both parties," said peace panel chairman Silvestre Bello III in a statement on July 19.

The peace negotiator said the government wants "to lay a more formidable and durable foundation for the peace talks."

Hernani Braganza, a member of the government peace panel, said they have been "working in the background" to fast-track the process of consultation for the resumption of the peace talks.

The country's Catholic and Protestant church leaders have been calling on the Philippine government to resume peace negotiations with communist rebels.

Source: UCAN

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