Gov’t, MILF reach impasse on Bangsamoro transitional body

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ILIGAN CITY, Philippines – The 34th exploratory talks between government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) ended in a “technical impasse” even as they “made tremendous gains” in resolving remaining issues related to power-sharing, wealth-sharing and normalization.

This was how the MILF described the conclusion of the recent meeting of the peace panels in Kuala Lumpur.

In a post on its official website, the MILF said the final session was adjourned around 7:30 p.m. Saturday without a closing program.

The panels also skipped issuing a joint statement, and a schedule for the next round of talks was not set, the MILF further said.

The recent meeting, which kicked off Wednesday, was originally set for three days but was extended one more day.

The MILF said it “did not push for a joint statement and date for the next round of talks (as) there are no formal agreements whether in the level of the panel or of the technical working groups (TWGs) that merited mentioning or acknowledgment.”

After signing the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro last Oct. 15, the parties are down to completing details regarding power-sharing, wealth-sharing and normalization.

Both panels have set the year end as deadline for completing negotiations.

By its own account, the unresolved question of whether the MILF shall lead the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) was the source of the impasse.

Maulana Alonto, a member of the MILF peace panel, said they were considering the issue of the MILF leading the body as a “non-negotiable matter.” She argued that it would be logical for the group to lead the BTA because it has partnered with government in Mindanao peacemaking for the last 15 years.

Based on the framework agreement, the BTA sets in by the time the Bangsamoro Basic Law is ratified, which also signals the dissolution of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

The BTA will also soon give way to the Bangsamoro which, in turn, is expected to have a regular set of elected leaders by 2016.

The MILF website post quoted its chief negotiator, Mohagher Iqbal, as saying the position of the government peace panel might not necessarily reflect the thinking of its principal.

But the MILF noted “tremendous gains” in building consensus on the remaining issues.

It said that negotiations on power-sharing was 95 percent complete and 99 percent for transitional arrangements and modalities.

But wealth-sharing was 60 percent done and talks on normalization were 30 percent done.

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  • kilabot

    and what did noykapon give away this time? condoms maybe.

  • disqusted0fu

    if everything pushes through here, all rebel groups might demand for their own peace deal. the administration may be digging a deeper hole for themselves here

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6PXABXIOMHSM2ADQ4DQN7PRRAY Allan

      Maybe a deeper half?

    • kanoy

       give somebody an inch and they want a mile…this is despicable humiliating and an impeachable offense,,,the president takes oath of office swearing to uphold the constitution to protect and preserve the nation against all enemies both foreign and domestic and dividing the country sharing the wealth and power with terrorists violates that sacred oath and should he push it through then the next president should file charges against him have him arrested and make him stand trial….TREASON

  • beerhunters

    “Allah is our Lord, Mohammed is our Leader, Qur’an is our Constitution, Shariah is our Law, Shahadat(martyrdom) is our Desire, Jihad is our Way, to Lie to and Deceive the unbelieversINFIDELS and chop off their hands and heads wherever we find them is our Bounden Duty.” Allahu Akbar!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FWD5IDZT7SXOEHKLE3O7CGFOAE Bright

    Erap should have finished these infidels a long time ago. They are losing the war, why give them a seat of power? 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/FFSZ7TIZZG47FYQFAZFIGYXKPM Pers

      they lost in their camp but they came down from their camp and bombed the cities.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    BANGSAMORO TAMA LANG NA MAG PALAKAD SILA NG SARILI NILANG BAYAN AT NG MAWALA NA YUNG BANSAG SA KANILA TROBLE LAND NG UMASENSO NAMAN ANG MINDANAO AT IBANG MGA KAPATID NA MUSLIM DAPAT BUWAGIN NG MORO ANG MGA LAW LESS ELEMENTS JAN SA MINDANAO MUKANG SI MURAD AY MAHUSAY NA LIDER DAPAT HULIHIN NI MURAD SI KATO TAPOS KUTUSAN”’

    • latino_boom

      I like the word kutusan

  • beerhunters

    “Lend them a hand, and they’ll chomp off your arm!” 

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