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07MANILA3509
2007-10-25 08:31
2011-08-30 01:44
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Manila

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SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/25/2017
TAGS: PREL PINS KISL RP
SUBJECT: GOVERNMENT AND MILF BREAK IMPASSE ON TERRITORIAL ISSUE

REF: A. MANILA 3471 (GOV AND MUSLIM INSURGENTS LARGELY

AGREE ON TERRITORY)
¶B. MANILA 3392 (SECURITY ADVISOR ON WAY FORWARD IN
MILF PEACE PROCESS)
¶C. MANILA 3313 (GOVERNMENT AND MILF NARROW
DIFFERENCES ON TERRITORY)
¶D. MANILA 3193 (MUSLIM INSURGENTS MULL GOVERNMENT
TERRITORIAL OFFER)

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

¶1. (C) Summary: The Philippine government and Moro Islamic
Liberation Front announced October 25 that they had achieved
a significant breakthrough on territory for a new Muslim
political entity during their latest executive session in
Kuala Lumpur. Peace talks are expected to resume by
mid-November, ending a 13-month impasse. Both parties will
proceed to tackle other difficult issues in the peace process
after a territorial agreement is signed. Remaining issues
include governance, demobilization, integration of former
insurgents, the legal requirement for a constitutional
process and plebiscite, and harmonization of the MILF
agreement with the existing final peace agreement with the
Moro National Liberation Front. End Summary.

¶2. (C) Presidential Advisor on the Peace Process Jesus
Dureza informed Ambassador October 25 that the Philippine
government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) resolved
their differences on territory for a new Muslim political
entity during an October 23-24 executive session in Kuala
Lumpur. The significant breakthrough was achieved after
months of back-channel communications through Malaysia.
Dureza said peace talks would likely resume by mid-November,
ending a 13-month impasse over the territorial issue.

¶3. (C) Secretary of National Defense Gilbert Teodoro
described the breakthrough to Ambassador October 25 as “good
news,” adding that he was focused on future issues in the
peace process such as governance, demobilization, and the
integration of former insurgents. Teodoro also reflected on
President Arroyo’s recent public comments that the time might
be right for a broader discussion of federalism in the
Philippines.

¶4. (C) In an October 24 joint statement (text in para 5),
government and MILF peace panel chairmen Rodolfo C. Garcia
and Mohagher Iqbal described the peace process as “firmly
back on track.” Garcia and Iqbal also expressed their
appreciation to the international community for sustaining
the momentum of the MILF peace process, and thanked the
Malaysian government, articularly Prime Minister Badawi’s
advisor, Othan bin Abdul Razak, for his “untiring efforts.”
¶5. (SBU) The text of the October 24 joint statemet issued
by government and MILF peace panel chairen Rodolfo C. Garcia
and Mohagher Iqbal follows:

The GRP and MILF Peace Panels ended their two-dy special
meeting today on a high note with bothsides expressing deep
satisfaction over the succssful resolution of major issues
to overcome the mpasse last September 2006 over the
Ancestral Doain agenda on territory.

The Parties acknowledgd the critical gains achieved in the
recent sesson, which embodied the culmination of intensive
ackchannel efforts since February 2007.

The Panes expressed their readiness to resume the next round
of exploratory talks by mid-November. The peace process is
firmly back on track toward the holding of the Formal Talks
before the end of the year, thereby concluding the
negotiations on Ancestral Domain.

The Panels extended their full appreciation to the
international community and other concerned parties whose
unflagging support and encouragement helped sustain the
momentum of the peace process.

Both sides expressed gratitude to the unwavering assistance
extended by the Malaysian Secretariat and the untiring
efforts of H.E. Datuk Othman bin Abdul Razak.

The Panels thanks H.E. Prime Minister Dato Seri Abdullah Bin
Haji Ahmad Badawi for his steadfast support to the peace
process and to H.E. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for her
sustained commitment to the achievement of lasting peace in
Mindanao.

Done on the 24th of October 2007 at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

MANILA 00003509 002 OF 002

Signed by Rodolfo C. Garcia, GRP Panel Chair and Mohagher
Iqbal MILF Peace Panel Chair

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