GPH-MILF 29th exploratory talks successfully end in KL

July 18, 2012 11:34 pm 

By Ben Cal

MANILA, July 18 – The 29th formal exploratory talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) ended successfully in Kuala Lumpur Wednesday night with both sides expressing confidence to wrap up their discussions on mechanisms towards the realization of a new political entity to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

This was contained in a joint statement issued by the government and MILF peace panel shortly after the talks ended.

“The 29th round of Exploratory Talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) successfully ended today in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with both sides expressing confidence in wrapping up discussions on mechanisms towards the realization of a new political entity that would replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) as contained in the April 2012 GPH-MILF Decision Points on Principles,” the joint statement said.

It was signed by Prof. Marvic M.V.F. Leonen, chairman of the government peace panel, and Mohagher Iqbal, chair of the MILF panel, in the presence of Tengku Dato' Ab Ghafar Tengku Mohamed, the Malaysian facilitator of the talk.

The two sides continued their discussions on power-sharing and other related matters to find a genuine and lasting solution to end the decades-old Mindanao conflict.

The GPH and MILF panels agreed to meet next month to continue the negotiations.

During the three-day exploratory talks, the peace panels also expressed their appreciation to President Benigno S. Aquino III “for his commitment to a just and lasting peace in Mindanao,” and to Malaysian Prime Minister Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak for his continued support in the facilitation of the peace talks.

They also lauded the MILF Central Committee, headed by Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, for its continued commitment to the peaceful resolution of the Bangsamoro question, as well as to the members of the International Contact Group (ICG), namely Japan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Kingdom, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Conciliation Resources, Muhammadiyah, and the Asia Foundation.

On day two of the exploratory talks, Leonen said that the GPH and MILF “are at the door of an agreement,” and appealed to his counterpart to “let us persevere,” adding that “now is indeed the time for peace,” Leonen said.

Leonen also called on the MILF to “build a working relation based on trust.” (PNA) RMA/RBC/mmg

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One Response to “GPH-MILF 29th exploratory talks successfully end in KL”

  1. Fred Idal Tan on July 19th, 2012 8:22 pm

    I appreciate that the Philippine Government is sincere to lasting peace as the MILF so said it. But I would like to share one good thing for Dean Atty Marvic Leonen to think about the silent Muslim majority like the Coalition of Professionals Conveners Forum and the Mindanao Peace Givers should be given representations to represent the law abiding Muslims. I believe, the MILF represents the rebels, but what about us? We are tired of the claiming Muslim Rebel Administrations. We need a true non-rebel Muslim Administration (like the time of former Chairman Ulbert Tugung of LTP-IX). Please allow us an appearance with you to discuss a true Muslim Administration. I am