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EU officials to visit Mindanao in support of peace process between PH gov’t, MILF

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Werner Langen, chairman of the Delegation of the European Parliament for Relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, leads a delegation of parliamentarians from the European Union that will visit Mindanao on Feb. 13-14, 2013, to meet with members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. PHOTO FROM FACEBOOK.COM

MANILA, Philippines—Amid renewed optimism over peace and development in Mindanao, a seven-member delegation of parliamentarians from the European Union (EU) have announced they are going to the region this week to express their support for the Philippine peace process.

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will visit Mindanao on Wednesday and Thursday to meet with members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), according to officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and representatives of the International Monitoring Team (IMT), of which the EU is a member.

The European Parliament is a regional legislative body that works with individual European governments to legislate measures for some 500 Europeans.

The visiting delegation will be led by Werner Langen, chairman of the Delegation of the European Parliament for Relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Six other members—Robert Goebbels, Ivo Belet, Roger Helmer, Barbara Weiler, Slawomir Nitras and Adam Bielan—hold positions in the following powerful EU Parliament committees: Economy and Monetary Affairs, Industry, Research and Energy, Employment and Social Affairs Petitions, Internal Market and Consumer Protection and Organized  Crime, Corruption and Money Laundering.

The delegation comes following President Aquino’s visit to a camp of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to launch the Sajahatra Bangsamoro, a new initiative by the Aquino government to bring socio-economic services to Moro communities, particularly Moro combatants to boost the peace negotiations.

EU Ambassador to the Philippines Guy Ledoux said the visiting parliamentarians would like to “lend their political support to the peace process.”

The European officials are also set to meet non-government and civil society organizations in Mindanao, for long a priority in EU’s development aid program in the Philippines.

The EU said the delegation would also launch a de-mining project in Cotabato City, where mines were known to remain in areas earlier torn by conflict.

“It aims to reduce the threat from landmines and unexploded ordnances and will be implemented in collaboration with both the Government of the Philippines and the MILF,” said the EU.

The visit is part of the group’s five-day official trip to the Philippines, where the delegation is set to also meet with Philippine government officials, particularly those relevant to the trade and investment sector.

“The European Parliament visit underscores EU support for President Aquino’s good governance and anti-corruption efforts that are making the country more attractive to European investment.”

Business and investment “will be high on the agenda” when the MEPs meet with key trade and banking officials and top names in the private sector, the EU said.

The EU Parliament’s delegation will also meet with House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Senator Edgardo Angara, Commission on Human Rights chairperson Etta Rosales and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000721783344 Eduardo Pozon

    I hope this will be the beginning of the best years to come to mindanao. Mindanao has the potential to be prosperous once  peace becomes permanent. All the people of mindanao be christians or muslims will benefit a lot and their lives will be surely be better. I wish that all the people of mindanao be united to attain lasting peace. May God Almighty be with you!

  • antlagdamn

    wow, this is interesting. this would really do good for mindanao, i’m thankful for all the politicians and everyone else that are involved in this and that made it happen.

  • BoredRomeo

    Sa wakas at nagawan na din ng paraan ang pag papatupad ng kapayapaan sa mindanao. astig, kudos sa mga nagpapatupad nito at sa mga taga EU :)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IYP4CSJ3MTOKZR3GJG7GRDFUUQ Joseph

    A lasting peace for Mindanao and its people. Progress is now dawning in once forsaken land.

    Let all Filipinos support this initiative which we will all benefit from.  Thank you MILF and MNLF for thinking of the welfare of the coming generations!

    We all hope CPP NPA follow suits.  Let us all be vigilant.  I believe that their fight is now irrelevant.



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