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Philippines looks to reopen peace talks with communist rebels

Published on Feb 21, 2014 10:06 PM

MANILA (AFP) - The Philippines is working with the Norwegian government on the possibility of reopening peace talks with communist insurgents, barely a year after negotiations collapsed, officials said on Friday.

The administration has been engaged in on-and-off peace negotiations with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) since the 1980s but the talks have repeatedly stalled due to what the government says are conditions imposed by the rebels.

Norway had served as a facilitator in the talks between the two sides, but the most recent attempt at an striking an accord ended with the Philippines declaring negotiations had collapsed in April 2013.

Chief government peace adviser Teresita Deles said on Friday she has had discussions with the Norwegian government on ways to move the situation with the communists forward.

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