Govt, MILF end exploratory talks with ‘progress’ on power, wealth sharing PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 12 August 2012 14:33

Despite the recent violence in Mindanao, government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front negotiators ended the 30th round of exploratory talks in Malaysia Saturday with progress on some issues in the peace process.

Both parties also condemned anew the attacks by a splinter group led by an ex-MILF commander, and the “violent acts of lawless elements” in several areas in Mindanao, saying these “spoilers” will not succeed.

“In this round of Talks, the Parties organized their respective Technical Working Groups (TWGs) on Power-Sharing and Wealth-Sharing. Both TWGs discussed and reached consensus on some issues on power sharing and revenue generation and wealth sharing arrangements,” the government and MILF panels said in a joint statement.

They also noted the “progress” in the discussion on a framework agreement, and agreed to meet again in late August.

On the other hand, both sides condemned the senseless attacks of the so-called Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFF-BIFM).

BIFF is headed by former MILF commander Ameril Umbra Kato, who had led attacks in Mindanao in 2008 when the Supreme Court thumbed down a memorandum of agreement on ancestral domain between the Bloria Macapagal-Arroyo administration and the MILF.

The government and MILF panels condemned as well the violent acts of lawless elements in several areas in Mindanao.

“The government and the MILF denounce these aggressions or dirty spoiling by groups who will do everything to derail the peace process. The Parties will work together to ensure that these spoilers will not succeed as the Parties continue to push forward to bring just and lasting peace to our peoples and communities,” they said.

Both parties also thanked President Benigno Aquino III for his commitment to a just and lasting peace in Mindanao, and to Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak for his continued support in the facilitation of the peace talks.

They thanked as well the MILF Central Committee headed by Chairman Al Haj Murad for their continued commitment to the peaceful resolution of the Bangsamoro Question.

Also, they extended their gratitude to the members of the International Contact Group (ICG) - Japan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Kingdom, Center for Humanitarian Dialogue, Conciliation Resources, Muhammadiyah, and The Asia Foundation.