Tuesday, January 01, 2013

PHL Gov't: Annexes of framework agreements with rebels to be complete soon

The Philippine government is expecting to complete all the four annexes of the framework agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) that will form part of the comprehensive pact with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in the first quarter of this year, a senior government official said today.

Governmental peace panel chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer said that the Aquino administration is determined to finish what it has begun together with the MILF, the largest Muslim rebel group in the country.

"The will and the goodwill are there to make this happen. The two negotiating partners, the Bangsamoro, the peoples of Mindanao, the Filipino public and the international community all want this peace process to succeed. With this much public support, how can we not reach our goal?" she said in her New Year's message.

Since the Oct. 15 signing of the FAB, two meetings between the government and the MILF have taken place where they discussed the four annexes of the initial pact. These include power-sharing, wealth-sharing, normalization, and transitional arrangements and modalities.

"It should not take more than two months to finish the four annexes," Ferrer said.

By that time, she said that the Transition Commission that will draft the Bangsamoro Basic Law should have been fully organized and ready to build on the terms laid out by the panels in the annexes.-The Philippine Star (January 01, 2013 7:18PM)

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