Countries ready to support PH, MILF in peace deal

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 26 2014 04:34 PM | Updated as of Jan 27 2014 12:34 AM

MANILA -- Several nations lauded the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) after hurdling one of the major obstacles in a peace deal.

In separate statements, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States commended the Philippines and the MILF for having reached an agreement.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said the UK is ready to provide further support, noting that the UK has shared its conflict-resolution expertise during the peace negotiations.

“The courage and leadership shown by the parties gives great hope that these can be overcome and we are ready to provide whatever further support we can to help the people of Moro and the Philippines recover from this devastating conflict," he said.

Japan, on the other hand, vowed to strengthen its support for community and economic development in Mindanao.

“Japan sincerely commends the efforts made by the Government of the Philippines, the MILF, and the Government of Malaysia as the facilitator. Japan strongly hopes that the parties concerned will continue their efforts to steadily implement the transition process including the enactment of the Bangsamoro Basic Law and the establishment of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority towards the realization of the Bangsamoro Government,” Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

The US government likewise congratulated the Philippines and the MILF for having concluded the agreement. It also commended Malaysia for having played a constructive role in resolving the conflict.

“This agreement offers the promise of peace, security, and economic prosperity now and for future generations in Mindanao. Both sides are moving closer to the vision of a just and peaceful solution as outlined in the October 2012 Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro,” US Secretary of State John Kerry said.