RP, MILF to resume talks on Feb. 18

January 31, 2010 12:24 am 

MANILA, Jan. 30 — Negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will resume in Kuala Lumpur on February 18.

This was disclosed on Saturday by Annabelle T. Abaya, chairman of the government panel negotiating peace with the MILF, with Malaysia acting as peace broker.

“Both camps just exchanged our respective expectations and we will continue discussing based on what both camps can offer,” Abaya explained. “We decided to resume in two weeks after MILF shall have consulted with their principals and stakeholders.”

On the comment of Mohagher Iqbal, head of the MILF peace panel, that government did not offer anything new, Abaya said the comment may have been made “because there has yet been no substantive discussions that have taken place.”

Abaya added that, “for as long as both parties are willing to talk, then there is reason to continue the negotiations.” (PNA)

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