Britain, EU, Japan welcome conclusion of GPH-MILF peace talks

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/26 January) – The signing on Saturday of the Annex on Normalization and Addendum on Bangsamoro Waters to the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) has continued to gain support from the international community.

After Switzerland, Britain, the European Union (EU) and Japan today issued statements commending the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front for the conclusion of the peace negotiations that is expected to end decades of armed struggle in Mindanao for Moro self-rule.

“The successful conclusion of negotiations between the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front for a comprehensive peace agreement is a significant step towards lasting peace and development for Mindanao,” British Foreign Secretary William Hague said in a message of congratulation to the Philippines.

“Ending the long-running conflict will not just benefit the region, including Muslims, Christians and Indigenous Peoples of Mindanao, but is vital for the security and economic development of the Philippines as a whole,” Hague added.

The secretary encourages all parties to work toward a “quick and full implementation” of the agreement.

The UK had been attending the talks as a member of the International Contact Group, a support group that includes Japan, Saudi Arabia and turkey and four international NGOs.

For her part, EU High Representative Catherine Ashton said: “[The] signing of the Annex on Normalization marks the end of a long and difficult process of peace negotiations. It is a truly historic moment, demonstrating the Parties’ commitment to achieving long lasting peace on the Philippines’ island of Mindanao through a unique and holistic concept of normalization that encompasses the gradual decommissioning of arms, overall demilitarization, and its economic and social development.”

“The EU, as a member of the International Monitoring Team and major development partner in Mindanao since 1990, will continue to fully support the implementation of the process. Sustainable peace in Mindanao requires an inclusive approach and all stakeholders, including the Moro National Liberation Front, need to demonstrate their goodwill for long lasting results,” Ashton said.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry of Japan likewise commended the successful conclusion of the talks.

“Japan strongly hopes that the parties concerned will continue their efforts to steadily implement the transition process including the enactment of the Bangsamoro Basic Law and the establishment of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority towards the realization of the Bangsamoro Government,” it said in a statement.

“Having a firm belief that the peace in Mindanao will lead to the peace and stability in this region, Japan has extended its support to the peace process for years. It is great pleasure that Japan contributed to the progress of the peace process,” it added.

The last Annex and the Addendum were signed Saturday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 15 months after the signing of the FAB in Malacanang.

The Annex on Normalization provides measures for the eventual demobilization of the MILF as a fighting force, and the Addendum on Bangsamoro Waters outlines the delineation and jurisdiction of Bangsamoro waters in the region. (MindaNews)

URL: http://www.mindanews.com/top-stories/2014/01/26/britain-eu-welcome-conclusion-of-gph-milf-peace-talks/

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  • Ric Atencia

    Our partners are and will always be with us esp in ensuring that the peace process attains its ultimate objectives for the people of Bangsamoro. Let’s us all support this momentous endeavour!