New Philippine Peace Adviser to focus on governance, economy to end insurgency

16:06, July 01, 2010      

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The new leadership of the Philippine Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) will focus on four tracks in handling the peace negotiations with the different insurgent groups in the country as it hopes to come up with a final settlement with them within six years, a senior government official said Thursday.

Newly-appointed Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles said the four tracks include development of basic services, economic development and reconstruction, security sector reform and good governance.

"I firmly believe that if you do that and do serious and sincere negotiations with the armed groups, there should be no reason for the armed conflict to continue," Deles said in an interview with reporters.

With that, she hopes that within six years of the administration of President Benigno Aquino III, an office like OPAPP, will no longer be needed.

"I don't want to put deadline for an agreement. But what I am saying is six years of this kind of governance should be able to bring us peace," Deles said.

Deles said there is already a shortlist of those people who will compose the negotiating panel for the communist National Democratic Front, the political wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army, and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

Aside from the two groups, the government continues talks with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) for the full implementation of the peace agreement, which was signed in 1996. The pact with the MNLF paved the way for the creation of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.

Source: Xinhua


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