Philippine govt, Muslims to hold peace talks

The Philippine government and the country's largest group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), will hold talks this week to pave a way for signing a final peace agreement, a government negotiator said Tuesday.

Philippine govt, Muslims to hold peace talks
Jesus Dureza, the presidential adviser on peace process, told reporters that the upcoming round of talks would focus on the boundaries for a Muslim homeland in southern Philippines.

He said the two sides would present a draft memorandum of agreement on the ancestral domain before inking a final peace agreement.

The draft could be finalised after the negotiating panels meet in February next year, Dureza said.

The 12,000-member MILF, since its founding in late 1970s, has been fighting for the establishment of a Muslim homeland in southern Philippine region of Mindanao. It signed a truce with the government in 2001 but sporadic clashes remain as the truce was poorly enforced.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Aralık 2007, 16:27