Philippine agrees to sign accord with Muslims

Ghazali Jaafar, the vice chairman of the MILF, said that the government wanted to hold the plebiscite after a final peace pact is signed, a move opposed by Muslims.

Philippine agrees to sign accord with Muslims
The Philippine government has agreed to sign a key territorial accord with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which has been fighting for self-rule for more than 20 years.

Two days after warning that talks had collapsed, Mohaqer Iqbal, the group's chief negotiator, said that the two sides had resumed discussion in Malaysia on Sunday.

Rodolfo Garcia, the government negotiator, reached the agreement with MILF negotiators after ironing out differences surrounding the issue of a so-called "ancestral domain,'' Hermogenes Esperon, the presidential peace process adviser, said.

However, the talks stalled as the two sides disagreed on the date of the vote.

Ghazali Jaafar, the vice chairman of the MILF, said that the government wanted to hold the plebiscite after a final peace pact is signed, a move opposed by Muslims.

"There were some differences, but finally both parties agreed to hold the plebiscite within 12 months" of signing the ancestral domain agreement, Jaafar said.

Agencies
Last Mod: 29 Temmuz 2008, 15:59
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