Philippine gov't hopes to forge peace pact with Muslim, leftist rebels

15:57, July 06, 2010      

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The administration of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III is hoping that it could finally forge peace agreement with the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army- National Democratic Front, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Tuesday.

"We sincerely hope that we can forge a peace agreement (with the MILF and NDF) within the (six year) term of the President," Lacierda said in a press briefing.

Lacierda, who met up earlier with Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles, said Deles has already submitted to the President the names of the possible members of the peace panels for the Muslim and leftist rebels. Each panel is composed of five members including the chairperson.

Lacierda said Deles cited the four pillars in going about with the peace process with the insurgent groups -- good governance, delivery of basic services, economic recovery and sustainable development for Mindanao, and security sector reform.

Lacierda hopes that there will be no precondition that will be set by the insurgents, specifically with the NDF, the political wing of the CPP-NPA, in pushing for the peace talks.

"We'd like to start the peace talks in good faith," he said.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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