Philippine Government and Maoist rebels reach ceasefire agreement
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The Philippine government and communist rebels of the New Peoples' Army (NPA) have agreed to an indefinite ceasefire at peace talks in Oslo hosted by Norway.
|The conflict between the government and the Maoist NPA has lasted almost half a century and at least 40,000 people have been killed. Wikipedia describes the NPA as follows:|
The New People's Army (NPA) (Filipino: Bagong Hukbong Bayan) is the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). It was formed and founded by Bernabe Buscayno A.K.A. "Commander Dante" on March 29, 1969. The Maoist NPA conducts its armed guerrilla struggle based on the strategical line of protracted "people's war"... The Philippine Army estimated the NPA's strength at 60,000 fighters at the end of 2015.The NPA is in rural areas in many parts of the Philippines.