Philippine gov't lauds declaration on peace talks with MILF

14:55, June 04, 2010      

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Philippine Presidential adviser on the Peace Process Annabelle Abaya lauded Friday the declaration signed by the peace panels of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday to continue the peace talks even after the Arroyo administration bows out on June 30.

"The signing of the document is significant because it has been the result of difficult and back-breaking negotiations between the two parties," Abaya said in a press statement.

The peace process between the GRP and the MILF under the Arroyo government came to a close in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday with the signing of a Declaration with both sides pledging to work together on previous gains as foundation for future negotiations.

Abaya said that the "document must be seen as an effort to acknowledge the gains accomplished in the past years of negotiation and to ensure a seamless turnover of the process to the next administration. The decision to stay on the table is a case of mutually beneficial stalemate."

She also said, "arriving at a closure document was punctuated with many high and low points threatening the talks to crumble. But the persistence, determination, and clarity of purpose of both sides allowed this development to happen."

"Both parties recognize that neither side can maximize its gains by staying out of the table. Neither can get what it wants without collaboration. By working together, the parties will be better able to take care of the security and welfare of the people, jointly attain their aspirations, pursue economic growth and development, and enhance the stability of the region and the nation," Abaya said.

She said that with the signing of the declaration,"there is much to look forward to for peace,"but admitted"much work still lies ahead."

Expressing satisfaction of the signing of the document, Abaya said,"we must celebrate every step forward as a victory because it is contributory to our shared vision of a just and peaceful future."

Source: Xinhua


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