Philippine government meets rebels in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 28, 2010 (AFP) – The Philippine government and Muslim separatists held two days of talks in Malaysia as they work towards a peace deal to end decades of conflict, officials said Thursday.

Malaysian facilitator Othman Razak said negotiators from the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the largest of the country’s Muslim rebel groups, met in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday and Thursday.

After a 16-month impasse, the two sides last month resumed negotiations towards ending a separatist rebellion in the southern island of Mindanao that has left more than 150,000 people dead.

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