Peace talks resume in Kuala Lumpur

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The peace talks, albeit informal, have resumed between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the presidential adviser on the peace process said on Thursday.

Secretary Teresita Deles, the peace adviser, said the talks were expected to take up “crucial issues” arising from the clash last month between government and MILF forces in Al-Barka, Basilan.

The encounter happened despite a cease-fire agreement between the two sides killed 19 soldiers and triggered calls for an all-out war against the Moro rebels.

Informal meeting

Deles said the talks in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, were scheduled only for Thursday.

“It is an informal meeting which was originally agreed upon to discuss how to move substantive negotiations forward following the submission of the GPH (Philippine government) proposal to the MILF,” Deles said in a text message.

“In light of the crucial issues arising from the Al-Barka incident, we also expect important matters to be discussed,” she added.

Confidence

In an earlier interview over government radio dzRB, Deles expressed confidence that the informal talks would push through in early November.

“Because of what happened in Al-Barka, when the two panels meet, they will discuss what should be done so that those that need accountability would be taken to account and so that a similar incident would no longer happen,” Deles said.

Deles said the talks would be informal in the wake of the facilitation that Malaysia had been conducting after both sides rejected each other’s proposed peace agreements.

Continue pursuing peace

In Malacañang Thursday, Undersecretary Abigail Valte, President Aquino’s deputy spokesperson, said Mr. Aquino had told the peace panel to continue pursuing peace with the MILF.

Asked if the government panel would ask the other side to cooperate in the hunt for lawless elements in Mindanao, Valte said, “Yes, the President already said in his statement last week to cooperate.”

“(And) that they have been informed that the MILF is not being targeted as an entity. Rather, this is a law enforcement operation to pursue lawless elements,” she said.

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  • Anonymous

    I can see MILF and Abu Sayyaf are losing grounds and support from lots of people and countries. That is why they are doing this crap peace process.

    Middle Eastern countries are not supporting them anymore. These countries have their own political and financial crises.

    They are trying slow down their defeat.. AFP, don’t slack off..!! This is the right time to get them.

    Philippine government should not stop in pursuing their leaders.

    As far as I am concerned, any Filipino-Mulsim rebel (leader or not) is a terrorist and a threat to Philippine sovereignty, and all of them should be punished or pursued to surrender for future peace and order.

    They should surrender or live like any other FIlipino in the country.MILF needs to be stopped in calling all these non-sense call for autonomy or whatever.  

    What is difficult for that to understand?

  • Anonymous

    THE PH SHOULD STOP USING MALAYSIA AS A MEDIATOR OF THE MILF PEACE TALKS, OK, CHOOSE A NEUTRAL COUNTRY LIKE SINGAPORE OR VIETNAM WHICH ARE ALSO ASEAN COUNTRY, OK: MALAYSIA BEING A MUSLIM COUNTRY WILL ALWAYS TAKE SIDES WITH THE REBELS, BESIDES THE PH HAS AN OUTSTANDING CLAIM OVER SABAH, WHICH BELONGS TO THE SULTAN OF SULU FAMILY, TSK, TSK, TSK! AGAIN, STOP USING MALAYSIA WHICH IS A DISADVANTAGE TO THE HP GOVERNMENT, OK?

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