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Misuari willing to help end Mindanao violence

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 16:12:00 08/26/2008

MANILA, Philippines — Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) chairman Nur Misuari said on Tuesday that he would be willing to help seek an end to the ongoing fighting between government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) forces in Mindanao.

“Government can, you know, pacify this matter quickly and if we can contribute towards the restoration of peace in that area, why not?” Misuari said after emerging from a meeting with Armed Forces deputy chief of staff Lieutenant General Rodrigo Maclang in Central Mindanao.

He also called on the public to refrain from making “inflammatory statements” that could further fuel the fighting.

But Maclang said he and Misuari did not discuss the hostilities in Mindanao.

“His concern is the [MNLF] integrees who left [the service] and want to return. He just asked for help,” said Maclang.

Maclang declined to elaborate on the meeting, saying he did not want to “preempt ” Misuari.

Asked if they discussed the fighting between the military and MILF in Central Mindanao, Maclang said: “Hindi naman binanggit sa akin [It was not brought up].”

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Written by joelguinto

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