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International community urges RP to resume talks with MILF

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By Joel Guinto
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 17:01:00 09/18/2008

MANILA, Philippines—The international community is urging Malacañang to restart peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which ground to a halt after fresh fighting erupted in the south last month, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said.

Ermita said the appeals were made in informal discussions on the side of his attendance at the Review Summit of the Geneva Declaration of Armed Violence and Development last week.

“That did not come out in the interaction [but] during the informals, they really hope these talks should proceed. They said that is the purpose of the Geneva Convention, to reduce if not end armed conflict in the world,” he said.

Ermita said Indonesia was especially interested in pushing for peace with the MILF, especially since it brokered the peace deal between Manila and the Moro National Liberation Front.

“We told them we are just waiting for the right moment,” Ermita said, when asked what his response was to calls to resume the talks.

Ermita said he also informed the attendees of the summit of the shift in President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s peace policy from talking with armed groups tot talking directly to the communities.

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