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Bishops: optimism over resumption of dialogue between government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front
All the members of the government delegation have been appointed. At Christmas, a ceasefire was observed by the army and the guerrillas.
Philippines, foreign affairs undersecretary appointed to dialogue with MILF
Rafael Seguis, with a long diplomatic career behind him, will be in charge of resuming peace negotiations with the rebels of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Relations were broken off last September 3, following the failure to sign the Memorandum of Agreement. During the week for peace in Mindanao, Christian and Muslim leaders are visiting churches and mosques.
Philippines: Arroyo scraps peace agreement and excludes MILF from negotiating table
It's a definitive split between the government and rebel groups of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, responsible for the recent wave of violence in Mindanao. There are almost half a million refugees on the island. The appeal of the Catholic Church, which, together with the Muslims, wants "true peace" for the country.
Dialogue between ethnic and religious groups only path for peace in Mindanao, Filipino priest says
For Fr Leo S Pepito, building up “interpersonal relations” must go hand in hand with political efforts and socio-economic development. The promotion of a “dialogue for life” is part of the Catholic Church’s mission.
11/11/2008 PHILIPPINES - VATICAN
Pope prays for Mindanao's Muslims
The Philippine Council for Islam and Democracy had asked for help in bringing an end to the humanitarian crisis in Mindanao, and in reviving talks between pro-independence Muslims and the government of Manila. Amina Rasul-Bernardo, the only Muslim woman to participate in the Christian-Islamic forum at the beginning of November, has written an account on her meeting with the pope: "He told me that he will pray for us."
MILF condemns humanitarian workers abduction as no one claims responsibility
The Moro Islamic Liberation Front offers to help in getting the release of the kidnap victims. Abu Sayyaf has not claimed responsibility for the action and local sources exclude politics or religion were involved. Police is investigating the possible involvement of an employee working at a prison the three workers had just visited.
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