Gov’t, MILF sign terms for 3rd party team

Posted at Jan 26 2013 11:30 PM | Updated as of Jan 27 2013 07:30 AM

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On the heels of their latest round of exploratory talks in Malaysia, the Government Peace Panel and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed the terms of reference for the third party team that will monitor the implementation of the framework agreement of the Bangsamoro.

Hailed as a milestone agreement, the Malaysian facilitator calls the signing a great step forward.

Government chief negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer calls the development an important achievement, and the MILF is not entertaining failure in the negotiation.

Ferrer says both panels will nominate five representatives from local and international non-government organizations to the third party team, which will be chaired by a mutually-accepted eminent person experienced in addressing conflicts around the world or with the implementation of the agreement.

Unlike in previous peace processes, Ferrer says, this time, the third party monitoring system will be put in place to see the agreement to the very end.

“Here were trying to ensure that all the way thru implementation, we will have a body that will be there with us to monitor and help with the challenges that will come along the way,” Coronel-Ferrer says. – The World Tonight, Jan. 26, 2013