Philippines gives up 'peace talks' with Muslims

Manila has dissolved its negotiating panel with the country's largest Muslim group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Philippines gives up 'peace talks' with Muslims
The Philippines has ended peace talks with the country's largest Muslim group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the president's spokesman said on Wednesday, ending an 11-year peace process.

Manila has dissolved its negotiating panel and will shift its peace policy towards wider and more direct "dialogues" with local communities in the south, said Jesus Dureza, also a former peace adviser.

The Supreme Court stopped the signing of an agreement expanding an existing six-province autonomous region in Muslim Mindanao.

But the MILF said the government should honour the deal, which was a product of more than four years of negotiations.

Agencies


Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Eylül 2008, 08:45
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