Joint Statement of GPH-MILF on the 29th Formal Exploratory Talks

July 18, 2012 11:34 pm 

MANILA, July 18 — 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 Wednesday 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.

Both Parties continued discussions on power-sharing and other related matters, and other related matters, and agreed to meet again in August 2012.

They (GPH and MILF) expressed their appreciation to Philippine President Benigno Simeon Aquino III for his commitment to a just and lasting peace in Mindanao, to Malaysian Prime Minister Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak for his continued support in the facilitation of the GPH-MILF Peace Talks, and to the MILF Central Committee headed by Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim for its continued commitment to the peaceful resolution of the Bangsamoro Question.

Both Parties also extend their gratitude 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.

Done this 18th day of July 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (PNA)

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