Tripoli - The Philippines government and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in Tripoli, Libya, on Tuesday wherein they agreed to continue working on the implementation of the Final Peace Agreement which both parties signed on September 2, 1996.
The ceremony at the headquarters of Libya's World Islamic Call Society was witnessed by the chairman of the Organization of the Islamic Conference-Peace Committee for the Southern Philippines (OIC-PCSP), a high-ranking Indonesian diplomat. Indonesia chairs the OIC's committee for the Philippines.
The MOU calls on the parties "to undertake a Government-OIC-MNLF tripartite process structure to monitor the implementation of the 1996 Peace Agreement and the security, governance, economic activities, including the delivery of social services, in the conflict-affected areas.”
The Office of the Presidential Assistant on the Peace Process (Opapp) made this announcement on Wednesday, saying that the signatories were Opapp Assistant Secretary Camilo Miguel Montesa for the government and MNLF chairman Nur Misuari for the MNLF.
The memorandum will be presented to the President of the Philippines who, in turn, will submit it to the country's Congress to promulgate a bill calling the concerned sides to implement all clauses related to the peace deal.
The conclusion of the memorandum between the Filipino government and the National Front for the Liberation of Moro followed the efforts made over the past three years punctuated with several meetings between the two sides.
The Gaddafi Foundation for Development (FKD), chaired by Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, supervised the reconciliation program between the various Filipino factions and granted huge humanitarian aids to Southern Philippines.
Indonesia's head of external assistance, Ambassador Rezlan Jenie, witnessed for the 13-member OIC-PCSP, which he chairs.
The other OIC-PCSP member-countries-Libya, Turkey, Egypt, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Somalia, Syria, Uganda and the representative of the OIC secretary-general-also joined in the ceremonies.
Host country Libya was represented by its secretary for Asian affairs, Mohamed Omar al-Barani.
Moro people refers to a population of Muslims in the Philippines, forming the largest non-Christian group in the country.