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‘Integrate MNLF, MILF peace compacts’

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‘Integrate MNLF, MILF peace compacts’

01:52 AM January 31, 2014

The Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID) welcomes the much-anticipated conclusion of the 43rd round of exploratory talks in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The signing of the Annex on Normalization and the resolution of the issue of Bangsamoro waters bring the attainment of a just peace and inclusive development for our Bangsamoro citizens closer to realization.

The signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro is a reality, with the agreement on the four annexes. With the engagement of the public in a genuine, transparent and inclusive consultative process, there should be no impediment to the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law by the Transition Commission as well as the Bangsamoro Development Plan by the Bangsamoro Development Agency. As the foundation for a vibrant autonomous region, these critical documents must be truly reflective of the aspirations of all Bangsamoro.

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The PCID looks forward to the completion of the peace agreement between the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

The integration of the GPH-MNLF (Moro National National Liberation Front) 1996 Final Peace Agreement and the GPH-MILF Comprehensive Agreement is crucial to lasting peace in Mindanao. Toward this end, the PCID hopes that the MNLF and the MILF will be able to cooperate and work for the convergence of the two peace processes. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation has a crucial role to play in brokering a dialogue process between the MNLF and MILF.

Acknowledging their perseverance and dedication, the PCID expresses its appreciation to all the committed men and women who have unstintingly given their time and effort toward the successful conclusion of the exploratory talks.

The PCID joins all Filipinos and peace advocates in praying that peace, which has remained elusive through four decades of struggle and conflict, will finally be attained.

There are still spoilers of peace. Let us call on all sectors to once and for all give peace a chance.

—SALMA PIR RASUL, executive director,

Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy,

pcid.mainsecretariat@gmail.com

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