Philippines' Muslim separatist group deactivates peace panel (2)

13:36, July 02, 2010      

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The Muslim groups working for peace and justice in Mindanao are also urging Aquino to work immediately on the promises he made to resolve the Mindanao conflict peacefully and justly.

"President Aquino should bear in mind that core of the problem in Mindanao is the Bangsamoro question anchored on self-governance, identity and homeland which can only be properly addressed by pursuing the peace talks between the government and the MILF,"the Muslim groups said in statement.

The MILF has been fighting the government for decades to establish a self-rule Muslim state in Southern Philippines.

Since August 2008 however, peace talks between the two camps remain stalled following the aborted signing of the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain.

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 guerrilla fighters.

Source: Xinhua
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