Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Military Space News .




Subscribe free to our newsletters via your




















WAR REPORT
Philippines, communist rebels agree on interim ceasefire
By Sophie MIGNON
Noordwijk Aan Zee, Netherlands (AFP) April 6, 2017


The Philippine government and communist rebels have agreed in principle on an interim ceasefire to boost ongoing peace talks aimed at ending one of the world's longest insurgencies, the two sides said Thursday.

The temporary truce would take effect after the two sides iron out the guidelines and ground rules, they said in a joint statement without giving a timetable.

The two parties "have agreed to formulate an interim joint ceasefire agreement that will boost trust and confidence in the ... peace negotiations," rebel leader Jose Maria Sison told a joint news conference Thursday in the western Dutch town of Noordwijk aan Zee.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's peace adviser Jesus Dureza cautioned there was "still a lot of work that will have to be done by both sides. We don't have a ceasefire in place right now, to make it very clear."

But he earlier hailed the outcome of four days of talks in The Netherlands "as another step closer to our dream".

The communist insurgency in the poverty-stricken Asian country began in 1968 and is one of the longest running in the world. It has claimed an estimated 30,000 lives, according to the military.

About 4,000 New People's Army guerrillas continue to attack isolated military and police outposts and extort money from businesses to finance their armed campaign, the military said.

Peace talks have been conducted on and off for 30 years, seeing a revival after the election of Duterte last year.

Duterte, a self-described socialist, has made a peace deal with the rebels a top priority. The negotiators agreed that the next round would be held between May 27 and June 1, although a venue has yet to be agreed upon.

The government has billed a permanent ceasefire as its primary goal, with Duterte imposing conditions including that the rebels stop extortion and arson activities.

The interim agreement followed what negotiators described as a "difficult" round of discussions, with the communists insisting they exercised "maximum flexibility" in response to the president's conditions.

Duterte angrily called off the peace talks in February after the collapse of unilateral ceasefires that saw guerrillas killing several soldiers and police in a series of attacks.

- 'Genuine land reform' -

"The ceasefire agreement is necessary and of high importance," said rebel leader Sison.

"But far more important and decisive in realising a just and lasting peace is the adoption and implementation of basic social, economic and political reforms that are needed and demanded by the people," he added.

The interim ceasefire agreement directs negotiators to craft guidelines regarding "the presence of armed groups in local communities, creation of buffer zones, prohibited, hostile and provocative acts including the collection of revolutionary taxes".

Norwegian special envoy to the peace process Elisabeth Slattum said that on the issue "of the social and economic reforms, the parties have firmed up the agreement on free distribution of land as the basic principle of genuine land reform."

The guerrillas are represented at the talks by Dutch-based exiled leaders including Sison, founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

The two sides have also announced they would release prisoners as another confidence-building measure.

The communists said they would soon free four kidnapped security forces, while the government said it would release 23 detained rebels who were sick and elderly.

WAR REPORT
Syria attack victims show signs of exposure to 'nerve agents': WHO
Geneva (AFP) April 5, 2017
Some victims of a suspected chemical attack in Syria have symptoms consistent with exposure to a category of chemicals that includes nerve agents, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. The UN health agency said the deadly attack in Idlib province Tuesday appeared to have involved chemical weapons, pointing to the "apparent lack of external injuries reported in cases showing a rapid o ... read more

Related Links
Space War News

Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once


credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly


paypal only

Comment using your Disqus, Facebook, Google or Twitter login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

WAR REPORT
Israel's latest missile interceptor enters service

Always on Guard: All You Need to Know About Russia's Missile Defense

Raytheon completes ballistic missile radar detection test

U.S. Missile Defense Agency buys Lot 9 THAAD Interceptors

WAR REPORT
Brazil considering Pantsir-S1 buy from Russia

Latest NKorean missile was a Scud: US official

Rockwell Collins to begin work on second CRIIS system

IAI, Indian navy sign $1.6B contract for air defense systems

WAR REPORT
U.S. Navy tests updated Triton drone

U.S. Air Force taps URS for unmanned aircraft operations

A novel hybrid UAV that may change the way people operate drones

General Atomics building ground control station for drones

WAR REPORT
Pentagon urges Russia not to hang up military hotline

U.K. picks General Dynamics for battlefield communications project

Battle of the ModRecs Lays Groundwork for Improved Spectrum Management

Israel taps Elbit Systems for advanced radios

WAR REPORT
Northrop Grumman to support IBCS development for U.S. Army

General Dynamics, US Ordnance share contract for M2 machineguns

General Dynamics contracted for tank ammo cartridges

Rheinmetall subsidiary receives orders for mine-clearance systems

WAR REPORT
India inks weapons deal worth nearly $2 bn with Israel

Israel's Delek Group sets sights on global stage

Trump lifts rights conditions on Bahrain arms sales

Trump pressured to approve defense deals with India

WAR REPORT
Trump drops China bashing during warm Xi summit

Philippine military to upgrade island facilities, not launch land grab

Duterte orders Philippine troops to South China Sea reefs

U.S., Lithuanian troops conduct Savage Wolf exercise

WAR REPORT
Platelets instead of quantum dots

How nanoparticles affect flow through porous stuff in surprising ways

New Nano Devices Could Withstand Extreme Environments in Space

3-D printing turns nanomachines into life-size workers




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News






The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement