Philippine president to meet with Malaysian premier over peace talks with MILF

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Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III said Wednesday he plans to hold a meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to discuss the peace process between Manila and the rebel Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

The president told reporters that the meeting will be held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York next week.

Kuala Lumpur has accepted Manila's invitation to serve as broker when peace talks between the Philippine government and the Muslim rebels resumes later this month.

Malaysia has been the third party facilitator of the Philippines and MILF since 2001.

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

However, efforts are being made by both sides to revive the talks. A final peace deal with the government will touch the issues of autonomy and the civil settlements of the rebel group's 11,800-strong guerrilla fighters. The negotiation is expected to start soon since the Ramadan has ended.

Source: Xinhua

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