Philippine peace talks resume

Authorities hold talks with communist rebels after gap of six years in Norway.

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    The Philippine government has resumed peace talks with Marxist rebels after a six-year break.

    The rebels are demanding the "expeditious" release of a communist leader and four other prisoners.

    Allan Jazmines, a rebel leader, was arrested on Monday, just hours before a ceasefire went into effect for the duration of the weeklong talks being held outside Oslo, Norway.

    In his opening statement, Luis Jalandoni, a rebel negotiator, urged the government to release Jazmines and four other imprisoned rebel leaders.

    However, he stopped short of making their release a condition for the talks.

    Al Jazeera's Marga Ortigas reports from Manila, on how the recent developments have cast a shadow over the talks.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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