GPH-MILF Joint Statement at the 41st Eploratory Talks

Date:
Sunday, October 13, 2013 – 00:00

Joint Statement

The Negotiating Panels of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) today concluded the 41st round of negotiations in Kuala Lumpur.

The Parties made substantial progress on the remaining Annexes on Power-Sharing and Normalization. They have proceeded in exhaustive, honest discussions in order to identify the best formulations for an agreement that would respond to the aspirations of both Parties.

The remaining challenges and the time constraints demand that the Panels remain focused on completing the annexes following a break for Eid’Ul’Adha. Both sides have a full understanding of their responsibility as they strive towards a sustainable and inclusive solution for the benefit of all people in the Bangsamoro.

The Parties expressed their appreciation to His Excellency President Benigno Simeon Aquino III for his unwavering commitment to a just and lasting peace in Mindanao, to his Excellency Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’  Sri Mohd. Najib Bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak for his continued support in the facilitation of the GPH-MILF Peace Talks, and to the members of the MILF Central Committee headed by Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim for their untiring commitment to the peaceful resolution of the Bangsamoro Question.

The Parties also extend their gratitude to the members of the International Contact Group (ICG), namely Japan, the United Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Republic of Turkey, the United Kingdom, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Conciliation Resources, Muhammadiyah and the Community of Sant’ Egidio.

Done this 13th day of October 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
FOR THE GPH:
(sgd.) MIRIAM CORONEL-FERRER
GPH Panel Chair

(sgd.) MOHAGHER IQBAL
MILF Panel Chair

SIGNED IN THE PRESENCE OF:
(sgd.) TENGKU DATO’ AB GHAFAR TENGKU MOHAMED
Malaysian Facilitator