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Philippines government and separatists to resume talks Monday ? reports

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 22 Aug 2011 12:36 GMT
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BANGKOK (AlertNet) – The Philippines and its largest Muslim separatist group Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will resume peace talks in Malaysia on Monday to end a long-running insurgency in the southern island of Mindanao, the Philippine Star reported.

The talks come more than two weeks after Philippines president Benigno Aquino met MILF chairman Murad Ibrahim in Japan and the government is expected to respond to MILF’s demand for a sub-state in Mindanao.

The talks are expected to continue till Aug 24.

The conflict in Mindanao, a poor but resource-rich region, dates back to the 1960s and has killed 120,000 people and displaced two million.

However, analysts say a breakaway group of separatists led by a rogue commander who oppose the peace process and attacked the MILF forces recently could sidetrack the talks.

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