Manila, MILF agree to continue peace negotiations (3)

21:39, June 03, 2010      

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The first official meeting between the government and MILF took place in Kuala Lumpur in July 2009, marking the formal re- establishment of communication lines between the two sides after almost a year of impasse.

Since then, Seguis stressed that no major incident of armed clashes has taken place between the Government and MILF forces.

Seguis, meanwhile, stressed that in talks with the MILF, the government panel has always been guided by adherence to the Philippine Constitution. He added that the government consulted and obtained legal opinion from the Department of Justice for some clauses in the signed Declaration.

The MILF has been fighting government troops for decades to establish a self-rule Muslim state in the south of the predominantly Catholic country. Peace talks between the government and the MILF remain stalled since August, 2008 following the aborted signing of the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain.

However, efforts are being undertaken by both sides to revive the talks. A final peace deal with the government will touch the issues of autonomy and the civil settlement of the rebel group's 11,800-strong guerrillas.

Source: Xinhua
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