Friday, September 13, 2013

CSO’s call for a speedy peace process; urge Government forces-MNLF to protect civilians in ‘Zamboanga standoff’

From the Website of MILF

CSO’s call for a speedy peace process; urge Government forces-MNLF to protect civilians in ‘Zamboanga standoff’

  • Friday, Sep 13 2013
  • Written by  Muhammad Musa

A group of Civil Society Organizations from the provinces of Maguindanao, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, and Cotabato City,  had a workshop-meeting on Tuesday, September 10 at the Nonviolent Peaceforce Training Center in the City of Cotabato to analyze the current security situation in Mindanao and listed issues that have effects in the peace and order condition of the region. 

Rahib L. Kudto,  National President of the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) said in his opening statement, “This round-table discussion on analyzing the situation in Mindanao would help us in coming up with a consolidated action plan on various issues that will be identified in the workshop.”

 “We’ll look at the progress of the peace process and then we will identify areas where we can support and do something about it,” Kudto said.

Dats Magon, spokesperson of the group said “Our group has agreed on a unified positions calling for the unity and solidarity of the Mindanaoans towards the attainment of just peace in Mindanao.”

“We are also calling the GPH-MILF to speed up the peace process and sign the remaining FAB annexes on power sharing and the normalization,” Magon said.

These groups of CSOs from different parts of Mindanao also urged government troops and members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) who are involved in the ‘standoff in Zambaoanga City’ to safeguard civilians and observed the International Human Rights Law.

The CSO officers said that another output of the activity would be the release of their ‘position paper’ and it will be distributed to media.

The workshop-meeting was led by UNYPAD and the Mindanao Action for Peace and Development (MAPAD) with support from Nonviolent Peaceforce Philippines (NPP). It was facilitated by Fred Lubang of the Philippine Campaign to Ban Landmines (PCBL), and attended by some 30 participants from Moro, Indigenous people and settlers.

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