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Tuesday, 14 June 2011 14:15

It is good to say that the peace process between the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has gone a long way, to be quite precise, more than 13 years since 1997, in a bid to solve the age-old Moro Question and armed conflict in Mindanao. We have already signed with the government more than 90 documents of various nature and importance. The parties have initialed one landmark document, the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) with the commitment of the government to reframe the consensus points with the end view of moving towards the signing of comprehensive compact agreement to bring about the negotiated political settlement of the problem.

Another good thing to tell you that only one substantive agenda of the peace talks is remaining. And that is the Comprehensive Compact. We have tried to deal with this agenda last January 27, 2010 when we exchanged drafts on the comprehensive compact, But we failed.

For the MILF, the only way in the peace process is move forward in order to complete the peace talks. At present the ground situation is still alright. No major violations of the ceasefire Had been reported. We must be thankful for the return of the International Monitoring Team (IMT) and other mechanism of the peace process such as the International Contact Group (ICG) composed of England, Japan and Turkey. In addition, the participation of European Union (EU) as coordinator of the humanitarian, relief and development component of the International Monitoring Team (IMT) composed of Malaysia, Brunei, Libya, Norway and European Union. --AL HAJ MURAD EBRAHIM , Chairman, MILF