8/31/2009

GRP-MILF Peace Talks: Suspend or Resume?

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"There is consensus developed [in the public consultation] that the peace process should be continued." -- Sen. Rodolfo Biazon

"I think that the only option we have right now is to continue talking with the MILF... there's no other way... and if the talks should be continued, it should not be an open-ended process where we just get into a free wheeling ride. There's got to be an end to it. Government must make clear its position at this point in time. Government must tell the MILF what it can give and what it cannot give." -- Vice-Gov. Manny PiƱol

"It is very important that the MILF leadership shows that they have control over these people [the said MILF 'lost' commands]. What use would an agreement be if after you sign an agreement many of the commanders will not toe the line or not follow the terms of the agreement. Of course it is very important that this is also taken up in the course of the negotiations. This question must have to be raised on the panel level openly when the two panels shall be able to meet already." - Sec. Jesus Dureza

"...I would like to recall the statement of the late chairman Salamat Hashim, he said, and I quote, 'The most practical and the most civilized way of solving the Mindanao problem is through a negotiated political settlement.' Yun po ang sabi nya, yan din ang paninindigan namin hanggang ngayon." -- Mohagher Iqbal, Chair of the MILF Peace Panel