07 Dec '11, 11am

MILF, Manila's largest Muslim rebel group, agrees to extend mandate of cease-fire monitors till 2013

MANILA - The Philippine government and the country's largest Muslim rebel group agreed today to extend the mandate of international cease-fire monitors until 2013 despite recent clashes that killed scores of combatants. The government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) also said that they'll meet again next month to fast-track talks on an autonomy agreement for minority Muslims who have been fighting for self-rule for decades in the predominantly Christian nation. The latest round of talks was held in Malaysia, which is leading a team of international cease-fire monitors. About 60 monitors, who have been based in the southern Mindanao region since 2004, also include members from Libya, Brunei, Norway, Japan and the European Union. Talks have been called into question since the government accused the rebels of killing 19 troops in an ambush in October. But Preside...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC111207-0000140/Manila...

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Myanmar agrees truce with major rebel group

Myanmar agrees truce with major rebel group

channelnewsasia.com 03 Dec '11, 9am

YANGON: Myanmar has reached a ceasefire deal with one of the war-torn country's major ethnic guerilla groups, a mediator s...