Murad welcomes PGMA’s statement, but . . .

From the MILF website:


March 15, 2007

Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chairperson Al Haj Murad Ebrahim welcomed the latest President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s decision directive in upholding the established mechanisms of the peace process to advance the on-going peace talks between the MILF and the government.
This was contained a press statement released to the media today, March 15, 2007, in response to that directive of the government. A full copy of that statement is published below in the document section of this website.

            However, he said “peace will reign when the military solution is contained and trigger violations (like the Midsayap incidents) are not repeated”.

He also said the MILF will list down all the hawkish military officials and policymakers, who are considered spoilers of the peace process, for the people and the international community to know.

He also underscored the role of the IMT, which he said is underpinned not by coercive means; yet, those who challenge it or evade it run the risk of ruining confidence in the peace process itself, if not eroding its domestic and diplomatic legitimacy.

           He also stated that because the IMT is not self-interested but multilateral, the Malaysian-led IMT is now joined in by Brunei , Libya , Japan , Sweden , and possibly the European Union.


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