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Philippines' talks with Muslim rebels resume on July 8

Published on Jun 28, 2013 7:39 PM
 
Filipino Muslim women clench their fists during a rally urging President Benigno Aquino government to hold a round of peace talks between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) outside the Presidential Palace in Manila on June 28, 2013. Peace talks between the Philippine government and Muslim rebels will resume on July 8 in Kuala Lumpur with the contentious issue of wealth-sharing as the main focus of discussion, an insurgent leader said on Friday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MANILA (AFP) - Peace talks between the Philippine government and Muslim rebels will resume on July 8 in Kuala Lumpur with the contentious issue of wealth-sharing as the main focus of discussion, an insurgent leader said Friday.

The talks will be held even though they coincide with the Muslim month of Ramadan which may require fasting by Muslim participants, said Ghadzali Jaafar, vice-chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

"Because it is so important, both parties decided to hold the talks even on Ramadan," he told AFP. The talks will likely last for five days, he added.

Government negotiators could not be contacted for comment. However earlier this month, members of the government peace panel said they hoped to resume talks with the MILF in early July.

 
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