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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

MILF reject peace proposal but will continue to dialogue

Talk while jihad continues, then present your demands for peace.  It is not a question of when the MILF will give in, it is when the Philippine government gives in.  Sooner rather than later, if the MILF has anything to say about it.


From AJC August 23 by Oliver Teves

Muslim rebels reject Philippine peace proposal


MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines' largest Muslim rebel group rejected a government proposal for autonomy in the country's south as inadequate but said Tuesday they will continue talks.

Representatives from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front insisted on a substate for minority Muslims, chief government negotiator Marvic Leonen told reporters in a video conference from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where the talks were held.

The government position omitted the word "substate" because that would require a change in the Philippine Constitution, Leonen said.

He said the government proposal contained autonomy but the rebels believed it did not go far enough.

Rebel vice chairman Ghadzali Jaafar told ABS-CBN television that the government proposal "does not address the real issues."

"We want to first address the political issue," he said. "This is a political problem, not an economic problem. We are not talking here about economic reforms, which are nothing if they are not given a political solution."

The rebels earlier gave up their demand for a separate state and said they are willing to work with the government on protecting Muslims' rights in the predominantly Roman Catholic nation.

Leonen said the government's 20-page peace proposal included "three components for one single solution."

"It seeks to not only provide just and lasting peace to the troubled south but more so to improve and uplift the lives of the people who have long suffered from the brutality of decades-long armed conflict," he said, adding it was "principled, realistic, and practical proposal."

He said the three components include massive social services and economic development to break the "cycle of poverty" in areas already under an existing autonomous Muslim region.

So jihad causes poverty?

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