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Indonesia renews pledge supporting GRP, MILF peace process

Manila (8 October) -- The Indonesian government today reiterated its commitment supporting the ongoing peace process between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to put an end to the armed conflict in southern Philippines.

In a press statement issued by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), it said that Indonesian Ambassador to the Philippines Irzan Tandjung made the pledge during a testimonial ceremony at the launching of the Ambassador Manuel T. Yan's Peace Resource Center (AMTYPRC) at the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) in Pasig City.

"Allow me to take this opportunity to reiterate that Indonesia is committed to preserve peace, stability and prosperity with regards to the ongoing peace process in the southern part of the Philippines," Tandjung said.

He said Indonesia as chairman of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) Peace Committee for the southern Philippines, will do its utmost effort for the creation of a lasting peace to bring prosperity in Mindanao.

Tandjung also said that "Indonesia will ensure the continuing peace process of genuine dialogue in fully implementing the 1996 Final Peace Agreement under the aegis of the OIC."

The Indonesian envoy recalled how the late Ambassador Yan devoted his untiring effort, working for a just and lasting peace in southern Philippines that culminated in the signing of the GRP-MNLF peace accord of 1996.

During the period of the GRP-MNLF peace negotiations, Tandjung said General Yan had worked intensively with his Indonesian counterparts, Ambassador Wirjono Sastrohandoyo and then Direct or Nur Hassan Wirajuda, the current Indonesian foreign minister, for a peaceful settlement to the Mindanao armed conflict.

Tandjung said the Center in honor of Ambassador Yan is a testament that "peace can be achieved and promoted through common resolves."

Yan was former Philippine ambassador to Indonesia and Thailand and was later named by then President Fidel V. Ramos as presidential adviser on the peace process. He was also a former chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Yan was a public servant for 63 long years and had served 12 presidents during his lifetime. (PIA-Samar with report from OPAPP) [top]

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