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Manila, Muslim rebels discuss ceasefire

PEACE NEEDED:Over 100 Moro National Liberation Front guerrillas remained under cover in six coastal villages, holding between 50 and 100 civilian hostages

AFP, ZAMBOANGA, Philippines

The MNLF waged a 25-year guerrilla war for independence before signing a peace treaty in 1996 that granted limited self-rule to the south’s Muslim minority.

Misuari, who has accused the government of violating the terms of a 1996 treaty by negotiating a separate deal with a rival faction, had disappeared from public view shortly before the fighting began Monday.

The rival faction, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, is in the final stages of peace talks with Manila and is expected to take over an expanded autonomous Muslim region in the south by 2016.

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