Sunday, June 05, 2005

Muslim Filipinos optimistic long quest for homeland nearing end

No one wanted to miss out on having their voice heard by the Muslim negotiators working on a peace deal with the Philippine government. The rebel Moro Islamic Liberation Front's first congress drew an estimated 100,000 people to Camp Darapanan in the southern Philippines' Sultan Kudarat town this week as peace talks to resolve the region's decades-old Muslim separatist conflict enter what may be the final stretch. Government officials share that optimism. "We are confident, by the grace of Allah, that we will succeed,'' presidential adviser on the peace process Teresita Deles said in a speech. The three-day consultations yielded a resolution granting the MILF leadership full authority to negotiate for self-rule. MILF spokesman Eid Kabalu said the mandate allows the leadership to pick from a number of proposals, ranging from full independence to a federal state, a commonwealth state or a free association state.


At June 08, 2005 12:33 AM, Blogger solburger said...

But they have a free homeland already...the Phillipines. But the Philipinos look like losers who are willing to give up their freedom.
Remember, when their first men got caught in Iraq, they surrendered and went home.
It will end up being a civil war in 20 years or so, Christians vs. Muslims. Why bow to special treatment?


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