Moro Muslims, Philippines to resume peace talks next month

A member of the government's peace panel, who did not want to be identified, said the talks had produced positive results.

Moro Muslims, Philippines to resume peace talks next month

Moro Muslims and the Philippines agreed on Thursday to resume peace talks next month.

Negotiators from Manila and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) met in Kuala Lumpur for informal talks to find ways to restart peace talks, stalled since last June despite Aquino's pledge to pursue negotiations.

"We have agreed to meet again on Feb. 8 and proceed to more substantive issues," Mohagher Iqbal, the Muslim chief negotiator told Reuters. "We had a productive meeting today and we're happy that we have cleared a lot of the issues."

A member of the government's peace panel, who did not want to be identified, said the talks had produced positive results.

After four decades of armed conflict between the Filipino state and the Moro Muslims, the two parties agreed to sign an agreement that would end the conflict. However, the supreme court of the Philippine declared the agreement "illegal", which caused the conflict to resume.

The biggest new internal displacement of people at that time was in Muslim region in Philippine, where 600,000 fled fighting with government and MILF in Muslim region, a United Nations-backed report said.


Agencies

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