Japan and the United Kingdom yesterday praised the Philippines following the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Urabe and UK Foreign Secretary William Hague both issued congratulatory messages to the Philippine government for this historic occasion.
“On behalf of the government and people of Japan, I warmly congratulate the government of the Republic of the Philippines and the MILF on the signing of the CAB. This development marks another milestone toward a just and lasting peace in Mindanao,” Urabe said.
“Japan commends the efforts made by the parties concerned and strongly hopes that this historical event will give further impetus to the quest for peace and development in Mindanao. The government of Japan welcomes this development and will continue to support the peace process for the benefit of all in the Philippines,” he added.
Hague was also generous in his praise of the peace pact. While the UK official said that “many challenges lie ahead, I celebrate this important milestone along with friends of the Philippines around the world.”
“I wish to express my warm congratulations to the Philippine government and the MILF on the formal signing of the CAB. The UK wholeheartedly supports the agreement. Its full implementation will bring great benefits for Mindanao and the Philippines,” he said.
“It will also be an inspiring example of how political leadership and democracy can rise above violence and division to provide the security and prosperity that all people want and deserve,” the UK official remarked.
The UK has shared conflict resolution expertise and attended peace talks between the Philippine government and the MILF as a member of the International Contact Group (ICG) supporting the talks. Other ICG members include Japan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey as well as four international NGOs.