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June 16, 1986

A Philippine Communist leader said that peace talks with the government will include demands that government troops in rebel territory stay in their barracks during a cease-fire, a condition already rejected by President Corazon Aquino. In the first comment on the substance of truce talks since Aquino announced that they would begin soon, Antonio Zumel, chairman of the National Democratic Front, the outlawed party's political wing, told the Manila Chronicle that the Communists will also demand that paramilitary forces and private armies be disbanded.

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