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The World

May 03, 1987

A Philippine Muslim rebel leader threatened to resume fighting in a week unless substantial progress is made in negotiations on guerrilla demands for autonomy. Habib Hashim, chief negotiator for the Moro National Liberation Front, made the threat after a fruitless five-hour meeting with Philippine officials on their offer to have 23 provinces on Mindanao Island and several nearby islands in the southern Philippines vote on self-rule. Hashim said the vote should be held in only 10 of the provinces because the others were granted autonomy in 1977.

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