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Resumption of peace talks asked by multi-sectoral groups

Cotabato City (27 November) -- A multi-sectoral group convened here today to ask both the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to resume the stalled peace talks in Mindanao.

Representatives from the youths, women, academe, farmers, NGOs, religious, transport and other peace advocates lamented the deplorable condition of about 620, 000 evacuees composed of children, men, women and elderly scattered in various evacuation centers, especially in Central Mindanao and thereby call for the immediate stop to the on-going firefight between troops of the Armed Forces of the Philippine (AFP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

"In every arm encounter, those who suffered most are the hapless non-combatant civilians who are forced to flee from their homes, leaving behind their source of livelihood and hard-earned properties. What is worst is that there are times that these fleeing non-combatants are caught in the crossfire in the battles between the warring groups", declared a member of the Mindanao Alliance for Peace.

"The youths strongly believe that without the GRP and MILF continuing the peace negotiation immediately, the gains of all peace and development initiatives done by them as well as other peace advocates which had been nurtured since the two protagousts started talking peace will ultimately go in vain to the detriment of the people that both the GRP and MILF ought to serve and represent," expressed a youth participant.

The youths reiterates that the GRP and MILF should now listen to the cry of the people for peace even as it also calls on fellow peace advocates to exert more efforts in urging the government and the MILF to honor and implement the much- awaited peace agreement.

The Mindanao Alliance for Peace further calls on the government, MILF and international communities and other peace advocates to help for the immediate stop to the war in Mindanao and to resolve the problem in Mindanao in a very peaceful manner. (MCD/PIA Cotabato City) [top]

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