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Philippines, Rebels Sign Cease-fire Deal

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Representative of the Philippine government Jesus Dureza (R), Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende (C) and representative of National Democratic Front (NDF) Luis Jalandoni (2-R) are seen after signing an indefinite cease-fire agreement, in Oslo, Norwa

Representative of the Philippine government Jesus Dureza (R), Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende (C) and representative of National Democratic Front (NDF) Luis Jalandoni (2-R) are seen after signing an indefinite cease-fire agreement, in Oslo, Norwa

The Philippine government and the country’s Communist guerrillas have signed an indefinite cease-fire agreement.

The truce, signed in Norway Friday, seeks to end one of Asia's longest-running insurgencies. It has claimed the lives of thousands of people.

"This is a historic and unprecedented event," said Jesus Dureza, the peace adviser to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Dureza also said, "There is still a lot of work to be done ahead."

The two sides have been meeting in Oslo since Monday and will meet again in October.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende described the deal as a "major breakthrough."

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