OIC Seeks More Economic Assistance for RP Muslims

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OIC Seeks More Economic Assistance for RP Muslims


Byline: Edd K. Usman

The kings, prime ministers and presidents of the 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) states have renewed their call to the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) "to combine their efforts for the peace and development of the Bangsamoro people."

They made the call through Resolution No. 2/11-MM (IS) issued at the end of the 11th Session of the Islamic Summit of the OIC in Dakar, Senegal, on March 13-14.

The Islamic summit of the kings and heads-of-state and governments of the OIC member states is the highest policy-making body of the largest panMuslim inter-governmental organization. It is held every three years.

Item No. 7 of the summit resolution on the "Question of Muslims in Southern Philippines" asked OIC members and its other agencies, including charitable Islamic groups, to raise their development assistance for Mindanao and "to rehabilitate it through the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in order to accelerate the completion of the social and economic development."

Appreciating the OIC leaders' concern for Muslim Filipinos, ARMM Gov. Datu Zaldy Ampatuan expressed happiness at the Summit's renewed vow to help the Mindanao peace processes.

"We in the ARMM government are also committed to (helping) the peace process. I have been trying my best to reach out to the MNLF and even the MILF through various socio-economic ventures, among them the foreign-assisted ARMM Social Fund Project," Ampatuan said. …

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