Updates on GRP-MILF peace talks

The peace talks between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Government of the Philippines (GRP) are again on hold.
Peace negotiator Rodolfo Garcia said in a phone interview that the meetings had to be cut off because of “differences” but refused to give more details.
Earlier, Peace Adviser Hermogenes Esperon said the MILF wanted the plebiscite held after the memorandum of agreement (MOA) on ancestral domain is signed and before the final peace pact. The government wanted the plebiscite held after the peace pact has been signed.
Earlier, Esperon said the government and the MILF had a tentative agreement that a plebiscite would be held six months after the MOA on ancestral domain is signed, and before a final peace pact. In a briefing on July 18, Esperon said the July 24 talks were supposed to set a date for the signing of the MOA on ancestral domain.
Garcia said he would go to Manila Saturday to report on the informal peace talks held in Kuala Lumpur.
“I will consult, report on what transpired,” Garcia said. The panels were hoping to sign the MOA on the first week of August, Garcia said. If the differences were resolved quickly enough, “we may not be far off the original schedule.”
“Setbacks would always be a feature of negotiations,” Garcia said. “This is one which I believe could be resolved…hopefully.”

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