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MANILA (Kyodo) The government has accepted an invitation to participate in a body trying to break the impasse in talks between the Philippine government and Muslim secessionist rebels and resolve a decades-old conflict.

“Japan accepts your invitation to become a member of the International Contact Group,” Japan Ambassador to the Philippines Makoto Katsura said in a letter to Rafael Seguis, the Philippine government’s peace panel chair, and to Mohagher Iqbal, chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace panel.

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