• Govt, MILF fail to ink power-sharing deal

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    The 41st round of talks between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the government peace panel ended on Sunday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but no agreement on power sharing was reached.

    But despite their failure to come to an agreement, the two panels said that substantial progress had been achieved in their discussions on power sharing and normalization, the two last annexes to the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement.

    “They have proceeded in exhaustive, honest discussions in order to identify the best formulations for an agreement that would respond to the aspirations of both Parties,” they said in a joint statement.

    Miriam Coronel Ferrer, head of the government panel, said that they had to end the talks because their host, Malaysia, is celebrating the Eid’l Adha holiday.

    Aside from the power-sharing annex, also yet to be completed is the annex on normalization, which include the decommissioning of arms.

    The peace panels already signed the annexes on Transitional Arrangements and Modalities and on Revenue Generation and Wealth Sharing.

    The annexes, along with the framework agreement, will form part of the Comprehensive Agreement which both parties hope to sign within the year.

    The two panels are hopeful that the two annexes will be completed when they resume negotiations after the Eid al-Adha break.

    ”The remaining challenges and the time constraints demand that the panels remain focused on completing the annexes following a break for Eid’Ul’Adha,” they said.

    “Both sides have a full understanding of their responsibility as they strive towards a sustainable and inclusive solution for the benefit of all people in the Bangsamoro.”

    The parties thanked Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak “for his continued support in the facilitation of the GPH-MILF Peace Talks.”

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