(MANILA, Philippines) — Communist guerrillas within the Philippines stated Wednesday they might observe a ceasefire in compliance with the U.N. chief’s name for a worldwide halt in armed clashes throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

New Folks’s Military guerrillas have been ordered to cease assaults and shift to a defensive place from Thursday to April 15, the Communist Occasion of the Philippines stated in an announcement.

The rebels stated the ceasefire is a “direct response to the decision of UN Secretary-Normal Antonio Guterres for a worldwide ceasefire between opponents for the widespread goal of preventing the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Guterres issued the decision on Monday, saying, “It’s time to put armed battle on lockdown and focus collectively on the true battle of our lives.”

The communist insurgency has raged principally within the Philippine countryside for greater than half a century in one among Asia’s longest-running rebellions. The navy estimates about 3,500 armed guerrillas stay after battle setbacks, infighting and surrenders decreased their forces in many years of preventing though the rebels declare they’ve extra armed combatants.

The rebels stated their ceasefire is unrelated to an identical transfer by the navy and police however stated it might foster the doable holding of preliminary talks to renew long-stalled peace negotiations.

President Rodrigo Duterte declared a unilateral cease-fire with communist guerrillas final week to give attention to preventing the coronavirus outbreak that prompted him to position the northern third of the nation underneath a strict quarantine. The rebels are lively within the northern area, house to greater than 50 million individuals.

Duterte launched peace talks with the rebels when he took workplace in mid-2016. However the negotiations, brokered by the Netherlands, finally slowed down with either side accusing the opposite of constant to hold out assaults.

Though he has usually lashed out on the rebels, Duterte has repeatedly signaled he’s open to resuming negotiations with them. In December, he despatched an envoy to fulfill communist insurgent leaders on self-exile in Europe to debate the prospects of resuming peace talks.


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