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MILF-GPH panels condemn Zamboanga violence, call for accountability

Evacuees from the fighting in Zamboanga City say prayers at the grandstand (photo courtesy of Mindanao Human Rights Action Center)

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MANILA, Philippines -- The peace negotiating panels of the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front Peace on Tuesday condemned “the violence concurrently being inflicted in Zamboanga City by elements of the Moro National Liberation Front under Mr. Nur Misuari.”

In a joint statement issued from Kuala Lumpur, the two panels demanded that, “the perpetrators must be stopped and held accountable for their acts.”

They said those behind the Zamboanga attacks “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.”

But both panels said they “remain committed 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 government panel pledged to abide by past commitments while the MILF “encourages their Moro brothers and sisters in the MNLF to work together so that the Moro struggle will benefit all.”

Both parties “agree to ensure continuity of the peaceful option so that the peoples of Mindanao can live in unity and prosperity.”

 

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