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MNLF CC THANKS WORLD COMMUNITY, OIC & UNHCR FOR SIDING
WITH TRUTH & JUSTICE IN THE QUESTION OF ASYLUM
FOR MNLF CHAIRMAN NUR P. MISUARI

      MINDANAO, SOUTH PHILIPPINES (December 20, 2001) - The Central Committee leadership of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) expressed thanks and gratitude to the world community, to the Organization of Islamic Conference, especially the OIC Ministerial Committee of the Eight and to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) for taking the side of truth and justice in the wake of the impending political asylum of Chairman Nur Misuari.

      Lt. Gen. Jimmy Labawan, the Vice Chairman of the MNLF Central Committee, said that, this early, they have already expressed their sincerest appreciation and thanks to organizations, institutions and world leaders for their humanitarian and political concern to the cause of self-determination of of the Bangsamoro people and its leader, Chairman Misuari. "We thank most sincerely the United States of America and the UNHCR for the positive and prompt action taken relative to the asylum issue of our Chairman, Brother Nur, who is a UNESCO Peace Awardee," said Labawan.

       "The OIC Committee of the Eight and its Secretary General Dr. Belkeziz, another world figure whose helping hand in the cause of universal peace and stability we have sought, deserve our eternal gratitude," Labawan emphasized, adding that Arab diplomats and emissaries, together with UNHCR people have already get in touched, meeting face to face with Misuari.

       He also revealed that right now Misuari is already in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur conferring with his counsel, the New York-based international human rights lawyer Atty. Elly Velez Pamatong.

       It is recalled that Misuari, on his usual route to the Middle East to report to the 57 member-nations OIC the volatile situation in his Homeland Bangsamoro, was detained in Sabah, Malaysia this last week of November for illegal entry.

       His detention stirred a storm in the Philippines. The Arroyo government wanted him refouled to Manila, but the OIC Ministerial Committee of the Eight meeting in the sideline of the recent 10th Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (ICFM) in Doha, Qatar has reportedly formed a consensus that the protection to life, dignity, liberty and honor of Dr. Datuk Seri Panglima Darja Kinabalu Nur Misuari must be upheld by the Pan-Islamic body, he being the sole and legitimate representative of the Bangsamoro people in the OIC.

       "We expect anytime now, this month of December, Chairman Nur will personally report to the OIC Secretary General the bloody violations by the Philippine government of the 1996 Peace Agreement," added Labawan.

       From the Middle East where the OIC is headquartered, Misuari is also expected by his people to defend the case of the Bangsamoro people's right to self-determination in the UN Committee of 24 on Decolonization. "Yes, our MNLF Foreign Relations Committee have already filed our case in the halls of the 189-member United Nations," revealed Labawan, adding that sooner than expected the Central Committee leadership of the MNLF to be led by Chairman Misuari will attend the hearing on decolonization.

       Reference:
       GENERAL SECRETARIAT
       Moro National Liberation Front
       Mindanao, South Philippines
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