Joint Statement of the GPH and the MILF on the 33rd Formal Exploratory Talks, November 17, 2012

JOINT STATEMENT

The 33rd round of Formal Exploratory Talks between the negotiating panels of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) held in Kuala Lumpur on November 12–17, 2012, ended on a positive note.

The Panels and their Technical Working Groups made substantial progress in crafting the annexes on Power-sharing and Wealth-sharing. The TWG on Normalization was convened for the first time. Its members agreed on an outline of issues and had initial positive exchanges on these matters.

The Panels and their respective TWGs will meet again in December to continue working on the three annexes to the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro. They remain committed to complete the annexes before the end of the year.

The Parties expressed their appreciation to His Excellency President Benigno Simeon Aquino III for his commitment to a just and lasting peace in Mindanao, to His Excellency Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak for his continued support in the facilitation of the GPH-MILF Peace Talks, and to the members of the MILF Central Committee headed by Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim for their unwavering commitment to the peaceful resolution of the Bangsamoro Question.

The Parties also extend their gratitude to the members of the International Contact Group (ICG), namely Japan, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Republic of Turkey, the United Kingdom, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Conciliation Resources, Muhammadiyah, and The Asia Foundation.

Done this 17th day of November 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

For the GPH:(Sgd.) Marvic M.V.F. Leonen
GPH Panel Chairman
For the MILF(Sgd.) Mohagher Iqbal
MILF Panel Chairman

SIGNED IN THE PRESENCE OF:

(Sgd.) Tengku Dato’ Ab Ghafar Tengku Mohamed
Malaysian Facilitator

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