Latest News:  
Beijing   Cloudy    29 / 20   City Forecast


Peace talks with Philippine gov't still on: rebel leader


13:53, September 02, 2011

COTABATO, Philippines, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- Head of the Philippines' largest rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front said Friday peace talks between his group and the government is still on.

"As what we have agreed with President Aquino, we are going to fast track the negotiations. But we see the proposal of the government as contrary to what we have agreed on to fast track the negotiations because it is detached to what the two parties had agreed upon," rebel leader Ibrahim Murad said in statement obtained by Xinhua.

Murad said that the MILF Central Committee had already held an initial meeting early this week on the government proposal. But no decision was reached so far, he said, adding "the MILF will make a consensus and collective decision on this as soon as possible."

"The negotiation is still on. There is no declaration by either party that the talks had already collapsed and it will continue," Murad said, adding negotiation is the most civilize, practical and the only way to resolve the problem.

The rebel leader said the MILF Peace Panel was on the position that the proposal of the government had no connections with the previous agreements and consensus reached between the government and MILF during the past 14 years of the peace process.

The position of MILF, he said, is that there must be a continuity of the process because the negotiation is between the MILF and the government and not between personalities or particular administration. We are negotiating with the government of the Philippines.

Teresita Deles, presidential adviser on the peace process, told Xinhua by phone the government will continue to work on finding a lasting solution to the conflict in Mindanao.

"We are relying on the fact that they have said the talks not been terminated," Deles said.

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

However, efforts are being undertaken by both sides to revive the talks. 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.


Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Sharapova out of U.S. Open

  2. Mudslide halts bullet trains in E China

  3. Fake Tian'anmen discovered in NW China

  4. Nadal, Murray, Del Potro reach U.S. Open third round

Most Popular


  1. UN's lead in Libya cannot be weakened
  2. China, Philippine need foresight in bilateral ties
  3. Western countries should rethink consumerism
  4. Chinese mainland's tax burden exaggerated
  5. Putting Libyan people first as fight fades
  6. Tax debate symptom of larger impatience
  7. Raising tax threshold a progressive step
  8. As school opens, do make children happier!
  9. School shutdown couldn't be good-willed
  10. Japan needs foresight in China relations

What's happening in China

Young students becoming fitter

  1. Jailed ex-exec points finger at official
  2. Guangdong gets tougher with drunken drivers
  3. Police dog patrols lead to fewer crimes
  4. Beijing plans to charge tolls on some roads
  5. Despite obesity, Chinese turn out to be healthier

PD Online Data

  1. Beihai,Guangxi Province
  2. Taiwan
  3. Bamei
  4. Macao
  5. Hangzhou