Palace hopes upcoming peace talks to pave way for pact signing

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

MALACANANG on Sunday expressed hope that the upcoming talks in Malaysia this week will finally pave the way for the signing of a comprehensive peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

The Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the MILF will hold the next round of talks in Kuala Lumpur on Jan. 22.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan that could be the last round of negotiations between the GPH and the MILF.

"At siyempre po, katulad po ng dati sa simula’t sapul po ay nandoon po ang pag-asa at determinasyon ng ating pamahalaan na humantong ang mga usapang ito sa kasunduan dahil malaki po ang magiging ambag nito sa pag-unlad ng ating buong bansa," he said.

In the upcoming talks, both sides have expressed hope to complete the annex on normalization, the fourth and last annex of the framework agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB), and an addendum to Bangsamoro.

The GPH and the MILF inked last year the three FAB annexes, namely transitional arrangements and modalities, wealth-sharing and power-sharing.

Once all the four annexes are finished, the GPH and the MILF peace panels will sign the comprehensive peace agreement.

The the government peace panel said that it aims to work closely with the Transition Commission and Congress to ensure the smooth passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law. (SDR/Sunnex)

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