Gov’t, MILF still hold meeting ahead of talks

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MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Aquino administration and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) wish to conclude their peace deal as soon as possible despite the postponement of the scheduled talks in Kuala Lumpur on March 25.

A joint statement signed by government chief negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer and MILF panel chair Mohagher Iqbal said the peace panels of both sides held a “special meeting” on that day which “ended with a firm commitment by the two parties to continue the talks in an expeditious manner.”

The special meeting was called in lieu of the 37th Round of Formal Exploratory Talks which was cancelled upon the request of President Benigno Aquino III himself.

The talks were reset to the second week of April not because of the Sabah standoff but to give the government panel more time to review the remaining annexes to the Bangsamoro Framework that was signed in October 2012.

“The parties discussed the composition of the Third Party Monitoring Team and the Independent Commission on Policing, the convening of the Transition Commission in the first week of April 2013, and the Terms of Reference of Task Force Sajahatra Bangsamoro,” said the joint statement.

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  • UPnnGrd

    Have they written the schedule when Philippine Army and Marines leave Mindanao? This is very important detail, in my opinion.

    • Mamang Pulis

      :)) wow…that’s new. maybe the malaysian armed forces can roll in then…

    • Nimrod Suaez

      That Miriam Coronel Ferrer should be prosecuted for secretly meeting with the enemy..MILF …partners in crime with the ASG in their kidnapping cottage industry….scrap that peace negotiation sham…..

  • Albert Einstien

    why RP became POOR in 50 years…?????

    now i think the RP govt in its LUCID INTERVALs ……beginning to realized that malaysia for 50 years supported, financed, coddled, trained, armed ,encouraged & sustained the REBELLION in the RP…they took RP SABAH territory & robbed BILLION$ every year of its resources…not to mention the INJUSTICE & ABUSE committed against FILIPINO CITIZENS for past 50 years….

    INHUMAN atrocities committed against
    civilians tagged as terrorist or their supporters…should be condemned in
    STRONGEST terms….RP GOVT…should CLOSE the MALAYSIAN EMBASSY now…and FILE
    a CLAIM in UN/ICJ..file also VIOLATIONS of HUMAN RIGHTS in UN-ICC…..even
    hardened criminals in prison are treated with DIGNITY simply beacause they are
    HUMAN beings…what more to CIVILIANS and to those WHO has RIGHTFUL CLAIMS of
    their PROPERTY…FILIPINO citizens are suffering so much INJUSTICE in
    MALAYSIA….even animals are protected by laws….!

  • poltergeist_fuhrer

    kuala lumpur???

    pagkatapos pagpapatayin ng mga malaysians ang mga penoys, sa malaysia pa???and the malaysians want peace talks???wants PEACE???

    NAPAKA INUTIL NA TALAGA NG PRESIDENTENG ITO…

  • RyanE

    Better yet, put these talks in the back burner. It is supposed to be a comprehensive peace agreement where all stakeholders are consulted and involved. But now it seems that the Sultan of Sulu and the Tausugs are being left behind. Only the Muslims from mainland Mindanao are given emphasis on these talks.

    Better still, replace Malaysia with Indonesia as the third party peace broker. Malaysia lost its neutrality and credibility being the financier of MNLF and MILF, and being a stakeholder in the Sabah issue.

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