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Philippine Rebels Propose 10 Point Peace Agreement

28 August 2005

Philippine Communist rebels have said they would end their insurgency if the government would sign a 10-point peace agreement drafted by the rebels.

The rebels on Saturday called for the formation of a coalition government, and the punishment of human rights violators. Their agreement would also require the cancellation of foreign debt, the nationalization of industries, and opposition to foreign involvement in Philippine affairs.

A Philippine government official, Rene Sarmiento, presidential advisor on the peace process, says the proposal is vague and not workable.

The Marxist rebels have been waging war against the government since 1969. The rebels suspended talks in August of last year to protest Manila's refusal to ask the U.S. and European countries to remove the rebels from lists of terrorist organizations.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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