6 April 2017
The Philippines government negotiators and a Maoist rebel group have struck a deal on Wednesday for a temporary joint ceasefire and plans to free prisoners after days of talks in the Netherlands. Peace talks between the rebels' political arm, the National Democratic Front, and the government, brokered by Norway, resumed this week in the Netherlands, hoping to reach a political settlement in 12 months to end the conflict. >>> PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT, PEACE PANEL CHAIR, SILVESTRE BELLO III <<< "This is a major breakthrough in our peace process. After 30 years of talking, finally we did something significant to move the process forward. Hopefully this will significantly move the process to its logical conclusion and that is lasting peace for our country." It is the second time the two sides have agreed on a bilateral truce since November 1986, when the government and rebels signed a 60-day ceasefire.