Statement On GRP-MILF Peace Framework Agreement

18 October 2012

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Pakatan Rakyat welcomes the recent peace agreement that was signed between the Government of Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).  Our congratulations to President Benigno S Aquino III and MILF led by its Chairman, Al Haj Murad Ebrahim through the efforts of Dean Marvic Leonen, Chairman of the Philippine Negotiation Panel for having worked together to forge a new step toward peace with the signing of the framework agreement.

This framework agreement on the Bangsamoro presents the opportunity for true and lasting peace in Southern Philippines.  As the next step involves the formation of a Transition Commission, we urge that all stakeholders for peace should include MILF, MNLF, political players in Mindanao as well as the indigenous peoples for sustainable peace in Muslim Mindanao.  The Principle of Inclusivity is fundamental to lasting peace and must involve all stakeholders in the Moro issue. 

The ethnic and tribal diversity of the Philippines demands a wider forum for sustainable peace.  Engagement of only one specific party may exclude the interests of other players in the dynamics of Philippine politics.

In this light, Pakatan Rakyat with its own history of political diversity will send a delegation of its senior Parliamentarians to meet long time friends and counterparts in the Philippines to better understand the underlying issues relating to sustainable peace. 

Our approach will be inclusive in nature and will focus on ensuring that there is no marginalisation of population groups so that all affected peoples throughout this region can enjoy dividends from a lasting peace.  We hope that all conflict issues in the region will be addressed in order to find a truly lasting peaceful solution.

The agenda of the official delegation from Pakatan Rakyat will be to meet with government authorities, MILF leaders and other political stakeholders in order to contribute to a peaceful Philippines.

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