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US deputy envoy bares support to RP's peace efforts

By Franklin P. Gumapon

Dipolog City (29 August) -- The United States of America is fully supporting the peace efforts of the Philippine government.

This was the statement of US Deputy Ambassador to the Philippines Jon Lindborg in an interview during his visit here yesterday.

He said the US government would support the peaceful settlement of the problem between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Lindborg also believed that the MILF problem could be resolved through negotiation, as "it is the only way to achieving peace."

US Deputy Ambassador to the Philippines Jon Lindborg delivers his message at Mutia National High School, Mutia, Zamboanga del Norte

He, however, made it clear that the US government has nothing to do with the negotiation since it is only between the Moro rebels and the Philippine government. But he assured that his country would always support peace and development efforts which contribute to "an environment that helps peace grow" in the country.

Lindborg was here to represent Kristie Kenny, US ambassador to the Philippines, who was invited as keynote speaker during the opening of the 17th Mindanao Business Conference (MinBizcon) yesterday.

Lindborg, who also serves as the mission director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), went to Mutia town for the turnover of the Computer Literacy and Internet Connection (CLIC) project at Mutia National High School.

The CLIC project was implemented under the USAID's Growth with Equity in Mindanao (GEM) program, which has already assisted 674 schools in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and other conflict-affected areas of Mindanao.

Mutia National High School has received from GEM 10 computers with broadband internet access, a printer, a LAN, and books on computers which all amounted to PhP 339,000. (PIA-ZN) [top]

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