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02 OCTOBER 2012
POSTIVE ADVANCEMENTS IN PEACE PROCESSES UNDER AQUINO ADMINISTRATION DISCUSSED IN PHL-OIC MEETING
NEW YORK, NY 29 September 2012 Emphasizing the imperative of just and lasting peace and sustainable development in the Southern Philippines, the Philippines underlined positive and significant developments in the Philippines’ peace processes in a meeting with a key official of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
At the sidelines of the 67 th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario, together with Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Teresita Deles, met with OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu and reaffirmed the Philippine Government’s commitment to advance the peace processes for all stakeholders, particularly in the Southern Philippines.
During the meeting, Secretary Deles updated Secretary General Ihsanoglu on the significant progress in the peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and continuing advancements in the implementation of the peace accord signed with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
In a statement following the meeting, Secretary del Rosario said that “all indications point to the sincerity of the Aquino Administration to not only conclude but to follow through with the Philippine Government’s commitments to our Muslim brothers and sisters who form an integral part of the Filipino nation.”
Secretary del Rosario stressed that “this important message will continue to be articulated in all relevant fora as we seek to engage all those who want to pursue just and lasting peace in Mindanao.” END
Robert E.A. Borje
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