Muslims: Stopping deal internal problem of Philippine

Under the territorial agreement, an existing autonomous region for Muslims in the south of the largely Catholic country would be expanded and they would get broad political and economic powers.

Muslims: Stopping deal internal problem of Philippine
The MILF emphasized the agreement was still binding despite Philippine's court order and accused Manila of lacking the capability of entering into a peace pact.

"Our official position is that the agreement on ancestral domain has been signed, so it's a done deal," Ghadzali Jaafar, MILF vice chairman for political affairs, told reporters by phone from his base on Mindanao island in the south.

Jaafar said the court decision to stop the signing ceremony was "purely an internal problem of the government".

"We are not bound by that order," he said. "It's an internal process in the government. What was committed by the government cannot be taken back."

Under the territorial agreement, an existing autonomous region for Muslims in the south of the largely Catholic country would be expanded and they would get broad political and economic powers.

Catholic politicians in the south had asked the Supreme Court to halt the signing, arguing they had not been consulted on the deal. They fear it will carve up Mindanao into Muslim enclaves.

Malaysia called on Tuesday for maintaining peace in the Philippines, as an order by the latter's Supreme Court that halted a deal between Manila and Muslim rebels failed to halt opponents' protests

Reuters
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