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Philippine rebels agree to indefinite cease-fire

  • Representative of the Philippine government, Jesus Dureza, 2nd left, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Boerge Brende , centre, and representative of the communist movement the National Democratic Front of the Philippines Luis Jalandoni, 2nd right, during the meeting for the signing of a joint declaration in which both parties undertake unilateral ceasefires without time constraints. (Berit Roald / NTB via AP) Photo: Berti Roald / NTB SCANPIX Representant for den filippinske regjeringen, (f.v) Jesus Dureza (GPH),  utenriksminister Børge Brende og representant for kommunistbevegelsen National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Luis Jalandoni etter signeringen av en felleserklæring hvor begge parter forplikter seg til unilaterale våpenhviler uten tidsbegrensninger. Signeringen finner sted på Holmenkollen Park Hotell, fredag. Foto: Berit Roald / NTB scanpix

    Representative of the Philippine government, Jesus Dureza, 2nd left, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Boerge Brende , centre, and representative of the communist movement the National Democratic Front of the Philippines Luis Jalandoni, 2nd right, during the meeting for the signing of a joint declaration in which both parties undertake unilateral ceasefires without time constraints. (Berit Roald / NTB via AP) Photo: Berti Roald / NTB SCANPIX Representant for den filippinske regjeringen, (f.v) Jesus Dureza (GPH), utenriksminister Børge Brende og representant for kommunistbevegelsen National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Luis Jalandoni etter signeringen av en felleserklæring hvor begge parter forplikter seg til unilaterale våpenhviler uten tidsbegrensninger. Signeringen finner sted på Holmenkollen Park Hotell, fredag. Foto: Berit Roald / NTB scanpix  (The Associated Press)

  • Representative of the Philippine government,  Jesus Dureza, left, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Boerge Brende and representative of the communist movement the National Democratic Front of the Philippines Luis Jalandoni, after the signing of a joint declaration in which both parties undertake unilateral ceasefires without time constraints. (Berit Roald/NTB via AP) Photo: Berti Roald / NTB SCANPIX Representant for den filippinske regjeringen, (f.v) Jesus Dureza (GPH),  utenriksminister Børge Brende og representant for kommunistbevegelsen National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Luis Jalandoni etter signeringen av en felleserklæring hvor begge parter forplikter seg til unilaterale våpenhviler uten tidsbegrensninger. Signeringen finner sted på Holmenkollen Park Hotell, fredag. Foto: Berit Roald / NTB scanpix

    Representative of the Philippine government, Jesus Dureza, left, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Boerge Brende and representative of the communist movement the National Democratic Front of the Philippines Luis Jalandoni, after the signing of a joint declaration in which both parties undertake unilateral ceasefires without time constraints. (Berit Roald/NTB via AP) Photo: Berti Roald / NTB SCANPIX Representant for den filippinske regjeringen, (f.v) Jesus Dureza (GPH), utenriksminister Børge Brende og representant for kommunistbevegelsen National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Luis Jalandoni etter signeringen av en felleserklæring hvor begge parter forplikter seg til unilaterale våpenhviler uten tidsbegrensninger. Signeringen finner sted på Holmenkollen Park Hotell, fredag. Foto: Berit Roald / NTB scanpix  (The Associated Press)

Philippine communist rebels have announced an indefinite cease-fire in peace talks aimed at ending one of Asia's longest-running insurgencies.

The rebels agreed to the cease-fire in a joint statement with government officials Friday after weeklong talks in Norway.

The government had previously announced its own cease-fire.

Some 150,000 people have died in the conflict that began almost half a century ago.

Negotiators said they aim to complete the peace talks in nine to 12 months.