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Philippines, Milf rebels resolve key hurdle to peace deal

Published on Jul 14, 2013 1:32 AM
 

MANILA (AFP) - The Philippine government has resolved a key hurdle in peace talks with Muslim rebels, it announced early on Sunday, bringing it closer to ending an insurgency that has claimed tens of thousands of lives.

After six days of negotiations, Manila said it struck a compromise on sharing local revenues with a Muslim self-rule area in the Mindanao region that is expected to be led by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (Milf).

"The peace panels have completed the wealth-sharing annex at 10.30 tonight, July 13," the government negotiators said in their official account on the micro-blogging site Twitter.

The agreement paves the way for the two sides to decide how to divide up income from taxes and natural resources in the self-rule area.

 
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