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PHILIPPINES: Government, Muslim rebels move closer to peace deal | IRIN Asia

MANILA, 7 May 2012 (IRIN) – The Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have edged nearer to a peace treaty after agreeing to a set of consensus points that could lead to less confrontation on the ground, officials say.

At talks in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, at the end of April, both sides signed a document containing “decision points on principles” that they said would open public scrutiny of any final peace deal with the 12,000-strong MILF, which has been engaged in a bloody rebellion for the past three decades on the southern island of Mindanao.

Among the 10 points in the document was consensus on creating a new autonomous political body to replace the current, often problematic, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), comprising six provinces and two cities that is home to some 2.8 million Muslim Filipinos.

via IRIN Asia | PHILIPPINES: Government, Muslim rebels move closer to peace deal | Philippines | Conflict | Refugees/IDPs.

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