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Terror tag on Reds an attempt to end peace talks–Sison

THE PHILIPPINES and the United States refusal to remove the communist rebels from the US terrorist list is an attempt to end peace negotiations, said Jose Maria Sison, founder and chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). In a statement, Sison said the Arroyo administration “colluded” with the US in using the terrorist tag to pressure the rebel group to surrender and to allow the escalation of US “intervention” in the country. Sison said the government knew that the National Democratic Front, representing CPP and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), in the talks would “never submit to any scheme of capitulation and pacification under any guise.” The NDF is the umbrella organization of the CPP and NPA. Sison took exception to US Ambassador Francis Ricciardone’s statement in which he said that neither the US nor the European Union could change the image of the NPA “as a terrorist.” Full Story

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