Gov't, MILF to Resume Peace Negotiations

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President Arroyo has announced the government is moving to resume soon peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) despite previous setbacks.At the 37th general assembly of the Bishops-Ulama Conference in Davao City last Thursday, the President said her government is committed to return to the negotiating table while upholding the country’s sovereignty, integrity of national territory and constitution in the peace process.“We are hopeful that the formal resumption of the GRP-MILF Peace Talks is imminent," she said in her remarks.The President tackled the prospects of the peace process in Mindanao as she received the results of the Mindanao-wide consultations and dialogues commissioned by the Bishops-Ulama Conference. Both the government and MILF panels are waiting for Malaysia to set the date of the peace talks.Mrs. Arroyo said the government will continue to hold dialogues with religious leaders and other stakeholders in Mindanao on how to advance the peace process with the Muslim separatist group.She said chief government negotiator Rafael Seguis came back recently from Malaysia where the two panels agreed to create the International Contact Group peace process and also the Agreement on the Civilian Protection Component of the International Monitoring Team. …