Peace talk with MILF on track: Philippine gov't official

08:34, July 27, 2011      

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Peace talks between the Philippine government and the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is right on track and will resume in August, government chief negotiator Marvic Leonen said Tuesday.

Even without an immediate resolution in sight, Leonen assured that the government continues to focus on reaching a win-win situation with the MILF.

He said the government is working on "implementing reforms on good governance and improving the national economy starting with Mindanao and most especially with the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao."

The MILF, which used to be part of a larger secessionist group, has been combating government troops in the Southern Philippines since 1969 in one of Asia's longest-running insurgencies.

A final peace agreement between the two sides is expected to end more than 40 years of Muslim rebellion in Southern Philippines that has claimed at least 120,000 lives, brought massive destruction to property, and crippled the region's economy.

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