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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
08MANILA1091
2008-05-07 09:37
2011-08-30 01:44
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Manila

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C O N F I D E N T I A L MANILA 001091

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/07/2018
TAGS: PREL PINS KISL RP
SUBJECT: CONSTITUTIONAL PROCESS REMAINS KEY ISSUE FOR MILF PEACE TALKS

REF: A. MANILA 1021 (AMBASSADOR AND FOREIGN SECRETARY
DISCUSS PEACE PROCESS)
¶B. MANILA 0912 (KEY PEACE DOCUMENT UNDER LEGAL
REVIEW)
¶C. MANILA 836 (AMBASSADOR ENGAGES FOREIGN SECRETARY
ON PEACE PROCESS)
¶D. MANILA 518 (GUARDED PROGRESS FOR MINDANAO PEACE
PROCESS)
¶E. MANILA 455 (AMBASSADOR URGES MILF CHIEF TO
EMBRACE PEACE)
¶F. MANILA 454 (PRESIDENT ARROYO COMMITTED TO PEACE
PROCESS)

Classified By: Ambassador Kristie A. Kenney
for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).

¶1. (C) During an April 30 visit to Cagayan de Oro, the
Ambassador and President Gloria Arroyo discussed the impasse
in peace negotiations, and the impending withdrawal of the
Malaysia-led International Monitoring Team (IMT) from
Mindanao. The Ambassador again emphasized U.S. support for a
negotiated peace process and stressed the need to move
forward on an ancestral domain agreement with the Moro
Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). President Arroyo said she
remained committed to the peace process and expressed
appreciation for Malaysia’s third party facilitation.
However, she was skeptical about Malaysia’s future role in
the International Monitoring Team monitoring the
Government-MILF cease-fire, commenting that she would not
oppose Malaysia’s decision to begin withdrawing its 41-member
contingent on May 10.

¶2. (C) On April 29, the day before the meeting with
President Arroyo, the Ambassador engaged Foreign Secretary
Alberto Romulo on the need for substantive progress toward a
peace agreement. Noting that the MILF peace talks have been
stalled while government lawyers continue to review
provisions in a draft ancestral domain agreement, the
Ambassador told Romulo that continued progress was necessary
to keep all parties involved in the peace process (ref A).

¶3. (C) Separately, Presidential Advisor on the Peace Process
Jesus Dureza told Deputy Chief of Mission May 2 that
President Arroyo was eager to reach an agreement, but the
legal requirement for a constitutional process remained a
major stumbling block for the MILF peace talks. Dureza said
the Administration was virtually finished with the legal
review of the draft ancestral domain agreement. Ultimately,
the decision was up to the President, as the legal review
would likely be mixed and the Cabinet was divided. He said
President Arroyo had directed him to establish direct
contacts with MILF leadership, in addition to Malaysian
facilitation. DCM underscored the importance of visible
progress on the negotiating track to maintain the peace.
Dureza agreed.

KENNEY

   

 

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