News_Editor 48 Posted February 5, 2011 Share Posted February 5, 2011 Philippine rebels split ahead of peace talks 2011-02-05 23:02:30 GMT+7 (ICT) COTABATO CITY, PHILIPPINES (BNO NEWS) -- A top rebel commander has broken away with the Philippines' Moro Islamic Liberation Front (<deleted>) ahead of peace talks, the Mindanao Examiner reported Saturday.â€¨â€¨ Ameril Umbra Kato has taken with him several dozens of followers and talks are going on to win him back ahead of the <deleted>'s peace negotiations with the government. Kato and his men carried out attacks in 2008 in Mindanao, killing hundreds of people and displacing thousands. â€¨â€¨"There is an ongoing effort to convince him to return to the <deleted> and we hope his group will come back to us," said Eid Kabalu, a rebel spokesman.â€¨â€¨ Kabalu did not say why the rebel leader split.â€¨â€¨ Formal peace talks between the <deleted> and the government are scheduled to start on Wednesday in Malaysia, which is brokering the negotiations. The <deleted> said it is willing to sign a political deal that would give about four million Muslims in the southern Philippines their own autonomous government and control over its vast natural resources.â€¨â€¨ The 12,000-strong <deleted> has been fighting for an independent Islamic state in the largely Catholic region of Mindanao, which was formerly under the Muslim rule, since 1978. -- © BNO News All rights reserved 2011-02-05 Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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