Gov't admits peace talks with NPA harder

MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) -- The Philippine government admitted Wednesday that it is more difficult to pursue peace talks with the leftist rebels than with the Muslim insurgents.

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda, in a news briefing, said that the government is always prepared to continue the peace process with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

"However, there are difficulties in those talks with the's more difficult than our discussions with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)," he said.

He said that the NDF, the political wing of the CPP-NPA, have been imposing certain conditions which are not acceptable to the government.

Peace talks between the government and the NDF bogged down in February for failure of both parties to reach an understanding.

On the other hand, the peace process between the government and the MILF has been proceeding smoothly with the hope to sign a comprehensive peace agreement as soon as possible.



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