Thursday, February 17, 2011

Peace Talks Between Manila and Maoist Rebels Begin

The Philippines government and Maoist rebels sat down for their first formal talks in more than six years on Tuesday.

It was hosted by Norway in the Oslo suburb of Nesbru.

The negotiations are not expected to produce immediate results to end an insurgency that dates back half a century in which 40,000 people were killed.

But both sides may agree to hold more talks and extend a ceasefire.

The Philippines government and the Maoist rebels have been in negotiations for nearly 25 years to end one of the world's last remaining communist insurgencies.

Last week, Philippines government negotiators said they were optimistic talks would produce results in 18 months and saw peace achievable in three years if both sides were sincere.

Analysts do not share that optimism, saying there are many serious obstacles to peace talks, although the negotiations could reduce violence.

After talks on economic issues are completed, the negotiations will focus on political and constitutional reforms.

Human rights and political prisoner issues would be a side-table debate.

Maoists have tried to overthrow the national government since the late 1960s, and have kept fighting even after democracy was restored in 1986.

Peace talks brokered by Norway have resulted in about a dozen agreements, including a joint monitoring committee to address allegations of human rights cases committed by both sides.






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