The Moro Island Liberation Front seems poised on the brink of getting their own autonomous area in the south Philippines. The government thinks if it gives them a little piece, that will satisfy and the end of hostilities will ensue.
Appeasing the alligator hoping it will eat them last.
From AFP/Yahoo August 22 by Mark Navales
Philippines offers autonomy to Muslim rebels
The Philippines on Monday offered Muslim rebels waging a decades-long insurgency the prospect of autonomy, but warned they must first lay down their arms and a peace pact was likely years away.
The offer was contained in the government's proposal for peace with the 12,000-strong Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) at the start of three days of talks in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.
"This proposal presents the possibility of a more empowered, more workable and thus, more genuine autonomy of a Bangsamoro (Filipino Muslim) region," the government said in a statement summarising its offer.
The government did not make public all the specific details, but hinted the area could expand and improve the existing Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), which groups five Muslim provinces in the country's troubled south.
The ARMM was created in the 1980s to accommodate the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), then the country's largest Muslim rebel group from which the MILF splintered in 1978.
The MNLF signed a peace deal with Manila in 1996, and its leader was made the head of the ARMM, but the government statement described it as a "failed experiment".
Manila did not give in and become the dhimmi the MILF demanded, thus the failure of Islam to advance and Manila unable to control the MILF through "peaceful" gestures.
The proposal also includes "a system of cooperation" by which the government and the MILF could share revenue from natural resources exploited from the region.
And while describing its proposal as "politically comprehensive", it indicated the most sensitive issues would not be addressed immediately.
"The proposal works with what is available and doable within the next few years. It does not start with contentious and divisive issues whose resolution may not be realisable as yet," the statement said.
Those contentious and devisive issues at the heart of the problem is Islam in it's pure form, sharia included. A resolution to that issue means nothing less than implimentation of sharia and Islam as the only religion practiced and approved.
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