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Philippines, communist rebels agree to resume peace talks

Philippines, communist rebels agree

On Tuesday the Philippine government and communist rebels said they have agreed to resume peace talks to end one of the world’s longest-running Maoist insurgencies.

 The ongoing armed struggle, launched in 1969, grew out of the global communist movement, finding fertile soil in the Philippines’ stark rich-poor divide.

At its peak in the 1980s, the group boasted about 26,000 fighters, a number the military says has now dwindled to less than 2,000.

Successive Philippine administrations have held peace talks with the communists through their Netherlands-based political arm, the National Democratic Front (NDF).

The announcement comes almost a year after Jose Maria Sison, who launched the insurgency, died in self-imposed exile in the Netherlands.

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