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Philippines, Muslim rebels to sign landmark peace deal: Envoy
Publication Date : 07-10-2012
The Philippines and rebels Moro Islamic Liberation Front, or MILF, will sign a landmark peace agreement after both parties reached a final conclusion yesterday during talks in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, says Philippine embassy.
The final settlement will help usher peace in the mainly Muslim island of Mindanao, the site of a rebel uprising which had led to clashes with government forces that killed thousands in the past four decades.
The peace deal is significant to Malaysia, which offered its assistance to resolve the conflict by facilitating and hosting the talks.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino is expected to announce this breakthrough development to the media in Manila shortly.
He is also expected to thank Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for the efforts of the Malaysian Government.
Phillippines Ambassador to Malaysia Eduardo J. Malaya described the signing as a new, bright dawn for all Filipinos - Muslims, Lumads, Christians and all others.
"We are deeply grateful to Najib, facilitator Tengku Ghafar and countless others in the Philippines and the international community who laboured patiently and kept faith with President Aquino and panel chair Leonen in the long quest for peace," he said.