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Peace effort with Philippine rebels breaks down

Peace negotiations between the Philippine government and Communists effectively collapsed on Thursday after the military, following the breakdown of the talks this week, said it would arrest rebel negotiators who had been granted safe-conduct passes. The government announced on Wednesday that it had suspended an agreement that provided immunity from arrest to 97 members, aides and bodyguards of the National Democratic Front, the political arm of the Communist Party of the Philippines. A military spokesman, Buenaventura Pascual, said the crackdown would begin a month from Thursday and would first be directed at those with pending arrest warrants. The government’s decision effectively ended peace talks that began in 1986 with the goal of ending a 37-year insurgency that has been evenly spread throughout the country. Full Story

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