Philippines, rebels renew truce monitors' stay

AP News
Posted: Dec 07, 2011 1:37 AM
Philippines, rebels renew truce monitors' stay

The Philippine government and the country's largest Muslim rebel group have extended the mandate of international cease-fire monitors until 2013.

The extension comes despite recent clashes that killed scores of combatants in the restive southern region.

The government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front also said Wednesday that they'll meet again next month to fast-track talks on an autonomy agreement for minority Muslims who have been fighting for self-rule for decades in the predominantly Christian nation.

The latest round of talks was held in Malaysia, which is leading a team of international cease-fire monitors.

Talks have been called into question since the government accused the rebels of killing 19 troops in an ambush in October.