Norway shows interest in helping monitor GRP-MILF peace process

April 4, 2010 11:57 am 

COTABATO CITY, April 4 — The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said Norway is interested in helping monitor the ceasefire between them and the Philippine government.

Jun Mantawil, head of the MILF secretariat, said the Norwegian government still has to set certain conditions, along with rebel and government negotiators, on its role in the enforcement of a ceasefire accord in many Mindanao flash point areas.

A Malaysian-led International Monitoring Team has been observing the implementation of the ceasefire agreement since 2003.

The IMT is composed of military and police officials from Malaysia, Brunei, Libya and a Japanese rehabilitation specialist.

Mantawil said the MILF is still waiting official representatives from Norway to discuss with the GRP and MILF peace panel on the intricacies of its participation in the IMT.

Aside from monitoring implementation of the ceasefire agreement, the IMT is also focused on the protection of civilians and rehabilitation of GRP and MILF panels in conflict-affected communities in southern Philippines. (PNA)

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