Malaysia remains facilitator in talks between Moro Muslims-Philippines

The Philippines has decided to keep Malaysia as the facilitator of peace talks with Moro Muslims, the president's spokesman said.

Malaysia remains facilitator in talks between Moro Muslims-Philippines

 

The Philippines has decided to keep Malaysia as the facilitator of peace talks with Moro Muslims who worried that new government could derail resumption of the negotiations, the president's spokesman said.

The MILF was worried the new government might remove the Malaysians from the peace talks, and had said that could derail a planned resumption of talks in September.

Kuala Lumpur has been hosting negotiations between Manila and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) since March 2001.

Filipino military launched an offensive in Moro region later since August, 2008, when Supreme Court cancelled an agreement, signed between the Philippine government and MILF.

After four decades of armed conflict between the Filipino state and the Moro Muslims, the two parties agreed to sign an agreement that would end battle. However, the supreme court of the Philippine declared the agreement "illegal" on August 4, which caused the conflict to resume.

"Malaysia is still the third-party negotiator," Edwin Lacierda told a briefing at the presidential palace on Tuesday.

"It's not easy to change facilitators, so we've decided to stick to the Malaysians," Lacierda said, noting they had also supervised a 60-member international team of peace monitors.

President Benigno Aquino has said a secure and sustained peace would help attract investment needed to generate jobs.

The population of Muslims is about 12 million, more than 10 percent of Philippine's population.

On Monday, Aquino said he had heeded the advice of his peace advisers to retain Malaysia to avoid any delays in the talks.

The Moros formally acknowledged themselves as "Moro", which is a separate nationality from Filipinos, in a petition addressed to the United States President and Congress on February 1, 1924.
 

Agencies

Last Mod: 31 Ağustos 2010, 17:32
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