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MILF-MNLF sign Joint Communique for Peace


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MILF-MNLF sign Joint Communique for Peace


In another milestone of Bangsamoro struggle for peace and development, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) signed yesterday, June 29, a historic Joint Communique for Peace at Camp Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao in the presence of leaders of the Moro fronts, members of civil society organization, and the media.
MILF Chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim represented the MILF and former Cotabato City Mayor Datu Muslimen Sema represented the MNLF. MILF 1st Vice Chairman Ghazali Jaafar and MNLF Vice Chairman Hatimil Hassan were also present.

In his message before the formal signing, Vice Chairman Jaafar considered the signing as significant and important to the Bangsamoro struggle towards Right to self-determination (RSD). “We have to work for common good and differences shall not make us not to succeed’, Jaafar said. He also thanked the CSO’s for being instrumental in holding the historic event that he considered the opportune time for the Moro people.

In his message, MILF Chair Al Haj Murad considered the event as a demonstration of unity. “Despite the non-support of some groups, he stressed that the event “only strengthens the Moros steadfastness in their struggle for right to self-determination”.

In their joint communique, the two Moro Fronts said that, “As they join together, they declared a cohesive stand ion their efforts to regain their lost freedom and self-determination so that they will enjoy the blessings of peace, justice and development”.

‘We come together with a unified action to work at common goals and objectives to engage with the new Philippine administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte”, both leaders said in their communique.

To make the engagement with the new administration feasible and realistic, the Moro fronts stressed that the unity of the Bangsamoro people is founded on the basis of the mechanisms contained in the ICFM-OIC Resolutions and Bangsamoro Coordination Forum (BCF) Articles in recognition and acknowledgment of the peace efforts for the Muslims in South of the Philippines that resulted in the signing of the 1996 Final Peace Agreement (FPA) for the implementation of the 1976 Tripoli Agreement, and the Malaysian facilitation, as recognized by the OIC, that led to the signing of the 2012 Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).

In their communique, the two Moro Fronts have also agreed to organize a Joint technical Working Group (JTWG) with the task of “finding common ground between the 1976 Tripoli Agreement/1996 FPA on the one hand, and the 2014 CAB on the other, as a means of harmonizing the two peace tracks”.

Muhammad Ameen, Chair of the MILF Central Committee Secretariat was the Master of Ceremonies, while Datu Romeo Sema read the joint communique before it was signed by the two Moro leaders.

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