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GPH, MILF resume peace talks today

KUALA LUMPUR, May 28 – The Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) today resumed negotiations a month after the signing of the Decision Points on Principles, a landmark document which contains 10 points that will serve as a guide on the substantive issues of the negotiations.

GPH chief negotiator Marvic Leonen maintains a “cautious optimism” for this month’s round of talks as the government peace panel arrived in the Malaysian capital fresh from “several consultations, forums and dialogues on the content, concept and rationale of the Decision Points on Principles.”

As of 9:32 a.m. today, the government and the MILF panels engaged in an executive session for a preliminary discussion on the substantive agenda. Executive sessions are attended by the two panels and the Malaysian facilitator Tengku Dato' Ab Ghafar Tengku Mohamed only. Members of the International Contact Group (ICG) who sit as observers in the GPH-MILF peace negotiations are not present during these sessions. 

The ICG will be joining again in tomorrow's formal proceedings between the two parties where details on power-sharing, wealth-sharing, governance, geographical areas and normalization are expected to be tackled, to serve as inputs for the peace pact.

The 28th GPH-MILF formal exploratory talks is expected to last for three days, until May 30.

In preparation for the talks this month, the GPH panel conducted consultations with various stakeholders, which included senators, congressmen, local chief executives in Mindanao, business leaders, Ulama, and members of the Organization on Islamic Cooperation – Peace Committee on Southern Philippines (OIC-PCSP) to know their sentiments and gather their inputs on the GPH-MILF peace process.

To date, the GPH panel has already conducted 96 consultations.