Govt, MILF peace panels condemn Zamboanga attack

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The peace negotiators of the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) condemned “in the strongest terms” the attack in Zamboanga City by a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
In a joint statement, the two panels stressed that “the perpetrators must be stopped and held accountable for their acts,” referring to MNLF led by Nur Misuari.
“Those behind the continued acts of violence in Mindanao do not want the current peace process between the Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to succeed. Their actions intend to derail the process using violence and disinformation to spread fear and chaos in Mindanao,” the negotiators said.
They reiterated their commitment “to pursuing the peace process to its just and rightful conclusion, in the belief that it is through partnership that institutions reflective of the true needs and aspirations of the Bangsamoro and other peoples of Mindanao shall be installed.”
The MILF called on their Moro brothers and sisters in the MNLF “to work together so that the Moro struggle will benefit all.”
The MILF is a breakaway group of the MNLF, which signed a peace agreement with the Ramos government in 1996.
Government and the MILF negotiators are meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to thresh out the remaining details of the final agreement for the proposed Bangsamoro political entity.

CATHERINE S. VALENTE

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