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Philippine rebels to discuss peace talks with new government

  • Communist rebel negotiator Fidel Agcaoili, right, gestures during a rare news conference, Thursday, June 2, 2016 in Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Agcaoili said communist guerrillas demand an end to US military presence in the Philippines as the insurgents and the government of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte brace to resume long-stalled peace talks. Agcaoili said the guerrilla demand "is non-negotiable," adding that government and rebel negotiators were preparing to meet in Europe soon and discuss the resumption of peace negotiations, which could start as early as July. At left is negotiator Randall Echanis. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Communist rebel negotiator Fidel Agcaoili, right, gestures during a rare news conference, Thursday, June 2, 2016 in Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Agcaoili said communist guerrillas demand an end to US military presence in the Philippines as the insurgents and the government of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte brace to resume long-stalled peace talks. Agcaoili said the guerrilla demand "is non-negotiable," adding that government and rebel negotiators were preparing to meet in Europe soon and discuss the resumption of peace negotiations, which could start as early as July. At left is negotiator Randall Echanis. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Reporters watch a live video conference of exiled communist leader Jose Ma. Sison during a rare news conference, Thursday, June 2, 2016, in Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. Rebel negotiator Fidel Agcaoili, who presided a news conference said communist guerrillas demand an end to US military presence in the Philippines as the insurgents and the government of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte brace to resume long-stalled peace talks. Agcaoili said the guerrilla demand "is non-negotiable," adding that government and rebel negotiators were preparing to meet in Europe soon and discuss the resumption of peace negotiations, which could start as early as July. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Reporters watch a live video conference of exiled communist leader Jose Ma. Sison during a rare news conference, Thursday, June 2, 2016, in Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. Rebel negotiator Fidel Agcaoili, who presided a news conference said communist guerrillas demand an end to US military presence in the Philippines as the insurgents and the government of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte brace to resume long-stalled peace talks. Agcaoili said the guerrilla demand "is non-negotiable," adding that government and rebel negotiators were preparing to meet in Europe soon and discuss the resumption of peace negotiations, which could start as early as July. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)  (The Associated Press)

Philippine communist rebels say they plan to meet with the government of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte to discuss a resumption of long-stalled peace talks, and will demand an end to the U.S. military presence in the country.

Rebel negotiator Fidel Agcaoili told a rare news conference in Manila on Thursday that the demand "is non-negotiable." He said government and rebel negotiators are preparing to meet soon in Europe to discuss the resumption of talks, which could start as early as July.

Duterte, who takes office June 30, has offered two Cabinet posts to left-wing allies of the rebels, who have freed kidnapped policemen in return to encourage the resumption of talks.

The rebels have been fighting for a Marxist state since 1969 in one of Asia's longest-running insurgencies.