Akbar meets Int’l peace monitors PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 November 2011 15:41

ISABELA CITY, Basilan – Basilan Gov. Jum Akbar has welcomed yesterday the members of the International Monitoring Team (IMT) that arrived in this province.

Akbar said the IMT are in this province to assess the situation in the municipality of Al-Barka where government troops and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels have clashed last October 18.

Akbar, who met them closed-door, learned the IMT is set to conduct an impartial investigation as to the root cause of the October 18 incident aside from assessing the situation in Al-Barka.

Among the IMT members who met Akbar are Capt. Khalid Jaafar of Malaysia, Cynthia Pertrigh, a member of the international peace monitor of the European Union, and TOR Frederick Moe of Norway.

A Philippine Army official who are accompanying the IMT members said “they are to pay courtesy calls” to the different local government officials in this province before proceeding to Al-Barka to conduct the investigation.

The official said the IMT have already initially coordinated with the MILF “and may be next week they will go to Al-Barka.”

Akbar is optimistic the IMT could resolve the Al-Barka situation.

Akbar said the other things they discussed in the closed-door meeting include security component; humanitarian, rehabilitation and development component; socio-economic assistance component; and, civilian protection component.