Brunei invited to join body for decommissioning of MILF fighters

bru minda Prime-IMT-ContigentBong S Sarmiento
KORONADAL CITY, Philippines

ASIDE from its membership to the International Monitoring Team (IMT) in the peace process between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Brunei Darussalam was invited to join the Independent Decommissioning Body (IDB) that will oversee the transformation of MILF fighters into productive and peace-loving citizens.

MILF chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim disclosed this development on Friday after a high-level delegation from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF), led by Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Major General Dato Seri Pahlawan Mohd Tawih Abdullah, paid a visit Thursday to Camp Darapanan, the MILF’s main headquarter in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.

“Brunei is honoured for the invitation to join the IDB and the Brunei Armed Forces are optimistic about this invitation,” Pehin Major General Dato Mohd Tawih said in a statement released by the MILF. The parties reiterated their commitment and cooperation to realise the success of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) signed by the MILF and Government of the Philippines last March 27, 2014 in Malacanang, the seat of the Philippine government.

In his statement, Murad said the coming to Camp Darapanan, particularly during the blessed month of Ramadhan, of RBAF Commander Pehin Dato Major General Dato Mohd Tawih is a clear manifestation of the strong commitment and support of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam to the Philippines-MILF peace process.

“On behalf of the MILF and the Bangsamoro people, kindly convey to His Majesty’s government our heartfelt gratitude and appeal for a more comprehensive participation and support from the Government of Brunei to the peace process,” Murad stressed.

Along with Brunei, the Philippines and MILF have also invited Norway and Turkey to be part of the IDB, whose major mandate is to oversee the decommissioning of the MILF forces and put their weapons beyond use.

Since the start of the deployment of the IMT in 2004 to monitor the implementation of the ceasefire agreement between the government and MILF, Brunei has been a member-state sending the second biggest contingent on the ground.

The RBAF commander reiterated the strong commitment of Brunei for the success of the CAB signed by the government and MILF.

“We congratulate the government and MILF for [signing the] CAB, which we truly believe is going to be a just and lasting solution to the conflict, and will certainly bring unity and prosperity for the entire country,” he said.

The Brunei Times
Sunday, July 13, 2014

http://www.bt.com.bn/news-national/2014/07/13/brunei-invited-join-body-decommissioning-milf-fighters

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