Bangsa Moro Peace Dialogue sets aside ancestral domain issue

April 24, 2009 11:58 pm 

DAVAO CITY, April 23 — The issue on ancestral domain is not being tackled in the Bangsa Moro Peace Dialogue, initiated by the Mindanao Business Council (MinBC).

MinBC executive director Ednar Dayanghirang said MinBC and Muslim businessmen in Mindanao gathered recently here to hold a peace dialogue aimed at ensuring stability of the business environment in Mindanao.

Dayanghirang said the group unanimously agreed that the issue on ancestral domain, which is a political matter, should be tackled in the proper forum of the peace negotiations and not mixed with the peace dialogue.

Dayanghirang said while the issue of ancestral domain is the root problem of the conflict, he believes the MinBC-initiated Bangsa Moro Peace Dialogue is not the proper venue to resolve the sensitive and political matter of ancestral domain.

The group initially came up with some recommendations such as representing the Mindanao business sector in the GRP-MILF peace panel and the establishment of a zone of peace in conflict areas in Mindanao.

Dayanghirang said the zone of peace is important so as not to disrupt the flow of business.

Businessmen from Sulu and Tawi-Tawi were among those who participated in the peace dialogue.

The group is expected to raise its recommendations to the national government, he said. (PNA) LAP/Judy G. Quiros/lvp

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