Historic agreement between Philippines govt and MILF signed

bangsamoroRazak Ahmad
MANILA

MANILA: The historic final peace agreement for the Southern Philippines which Malaysia has brokered for the past 13 years has finally been signed.

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak along with Philippine president Benigno Aquino witnessed the signing historic peace treaty between the Philippine government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) at a ceremony held at the Malacanang Palace here.

“Both sides have sacrificed, so that the people of the southern Philippines may live free; free from the violence which tore so many families. Free from the suffering caused by decades of conflict. Free from fear.

“In the pages of this agreement, we see the promise of a better future,” Najib said during the ceremony attended by more than 1,000 Philippine government leaders and Southern Philippine community heads.

The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) was signed by Philippine negotiating panel chairperson Miriam Coronel Ferrer and her MILF counterpart Mohagher Iqbal with Malaysian facilitator Tengku Datuk Abdul Ghaffar Tengku Mohd as the official witness.

The signing of the CAB marks the end of negotiations and marks the start of the implementation phase to set up a planned fully autonomous Bangsamoro region by 2016.

The armed insurgency in Mindanao has killed more than 100,000 people in the past four decades.

The Star Online

Thursday March 27, 2014

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/03/27/Philippines-govt-and-MILF-sign-treaty/

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