GPH, MILF 27th exploratory talks set in KL on April 23-27 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 April 2012 14:05

The Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will hold their 27th round of formal exploratory talks in Kuala Lumpur on April 23-27 in a bid to find a just and lasting solution to the decades-old Mindanao conflict.

This was confirmed on Saturday by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) under Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles.

Both parties are expected to continue their discussions on substantive issues, particularly governance and wealth- sharing.

The last time the peace panels of the Philippine government and the MILF met was last month, also in Malaysia, the third party facilitator.

President Benigno S. Aquino III is committed to a just and lasting peace in Mindanao while Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak has continued his support in the facilitation of the GPH-MILF peace talks.

During the 26th exploratory talks, the two parties approved the request of the Office of the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) to sit as observer in the GPH-MILF peace talks.

The two sides issued a joint statement signed by Marvic Leonen, GPH peace panel chair; Mohagher Iqbal, head of the MILF peace panel; and Tengku Dato’ AB Ghafar Tengku Mohamed, the Malaysian facilitator.

Both parties also signed the Terms of Reference (TOR) for the consultants who will be part of their respective delegations.

During the exploratory talks, Leonen cited the need for both the Philippine government and the MILF to be patient in understanding the possibilities that lie ahead to find a genuine and lasting solution to resolve peacefully the long-drawn Mindanao conflict.

He said “the welfare of the people is at the core” of these negotiations.

“Let us stay focused, be patient so that we can have greater understanding of the possibilities that still lie ahead of us,” Leonen said during the 26th exploratory talks.

He also said all the issues in the ongoing negotiations are being addressed by government with some leaders within the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).