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COTABATO DECLARATION OF THE EXTRAORDINARY
SESSION OF THE BANGSAMORO PEOPLE’S
NATIONAL CONGRESS
June 18, 2001, Shariff Kabunsuan Complex
Cotabato City
 
 


We, the national leadership of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the representatives of the Bangsamoro people, desirous to speedily enhance our triumphant march to total peace, freedom, self-determination and development, are assembled today, Rabiul awwal 26, 1422H. corresponding to June 18, 2001, at Shariff Kabunsuan Complex, Cotabato City for the Extraordinary Session of the Bangsamoro People’s National Congress; 

Guided by the noble teachings of Islam and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) and advocating the Qur’anic principle of “Hold firm to the rope of Allah and be not divided therein”; 

Inspired by the victorious experiences in contemporary history of the mass movements for freedom, justice and self-determination of colonized peoples of the world, such as, in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East; 

Encouraged by the explicit recognition accorded to the MNLF as the sole and legitimate representative of the Bangsamoro people by the powerful 56 member-countries of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), and accepted by them as permanent observer in this pan-Islamic body; 

Determined to enrich the 1996 Peace Agreement by way of enhancing the peaceful, legal and diplomatic struggle for self-determination with a view to chartering our people’s fate and destiny pursuant to our fundamental and inalienable birthright as a people being guaranteed by the Charter of the United Nations and the Declaration of the Rights of Peoples of the World; 

Cognizant of our sacred commitment to the international documents of peace we signed in the formal peace negotiations with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) under the auspices of the OIC, such as, the 1976 Tripoli Agreement, the 1987 Jeddah Accord and the 1996 Manila Implementing Peace Agreement, which remain internationally binding to the signatory parties; 

Desirous to uproot the historical root causes of antagonism and fratricidal war between the Bangsamoro and the Filipino nations; 

Buoyed up by the overwhelming support and complete confidence and unswerving loyalty of our tens of thousands of our MNLF “soldiers of peace” coming from the National, State and Task Force Commands of the Bangsamoro Armed Forces (BAF) and so, too, by our impregnable mass based supporters; 

Recalling the resolutions of the 4th Bangsamoro People’s National Congress as guidelines for comprehensive peace, economic prosperity and self-determination of the Bangsamoro Homeland and its people; 

Condemning the malevolent acts of any group or clique to foment disunity and divisiveness within the MNLF Leadership as well as in its rank and file. 

IN PURSUANCE THEREOF, we, the national leaders, representatives, military commanders, the Congress and the entire membership of the Central Committee of the MNLF do solemnly declare: 

  1. We renew our vow of solid support and unswerving loyalty to the Moro National Liberation Front and to its Central Committee Chairman, H.E. Prof. Dr. Nur Misuari, in its quest for a just, meaningful, comprehensive and durable solution to the Bangsamoro problem in South Philippines. 
  1. We re-affirm our commitment of entrusting our people’s mandate to the MNLF Central Committee Leadership under H.E. Prof. Dr. Nur Misuari with the view to struggle for peace, freedom, justice and self-determination of our Bangsamoro Homeland. 
  1. We pay highest tribute to the OIC Ministerial Committee of the Seven comprising the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Libya, Senegal, Somalia, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam and Indonesia in their relentless efforts to bring about a comprehensive solution and negotiated political settlement to the question of the Bangsamoro people in South Philippines. 
  1. We also pay tribute to the esteemed OIC and its Secretary General, H.E. Abdelouahed Belkeziz, for giving attention and concerns to the plight and conditions of the Bangsamoro people and for following up with great concern the peace process between the MNLF and the GRP. 
  1. We strongly appeal to the OIC to consider upgrading the status of the Bangsamoro people through MNLF representation, the sole and legitimate representative of the Bangsamoro people in the pan-Islamic body, to full membership in accordance with the political realities and developments unfolding in South Philippines. 
  1. We urge the Organization of Islamic Conference and its 56 member-states to exert appropriate political and economic pressures to the Government of the Republic of the Philippines to fully implement in letter and spirit the internationally binding peace agreements it signed with the MNLF. 
  1. We urge the OIC member-states to take appropriate action relative to the 9th Islamic Conference Summit Resolution of the 56 Heads of Muslim states and governments held in Doha, Qatar last year vis-a-vis the “call for a time-frame for the full implementation of all the provisions of the Peace Agreement(s)”. 
  2. We appeal to the OIC member-states to flesh up their yearly ICFM and Islamic Summit Conference Resolutions mandating upon all “OIC subsidiary organs, specialized and affiliated institutions, including the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), to increase their economic, financial, technical and material assistance for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Southern Philippines through the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and/or the Southern Philippines Council for Peace and Development (SPCPD) under the leadership of the MNLF.” 
  1. We call the United Nations and the Committee of 24 on Decolonization to enrich world freedom and universal peace by giving just attention to the remaining legitimate struggles for self-determination of the colonized peoples of the world, particularly the Bangsamoro people. 
  1. We appeal to our Muslim brothers and sisters in Southeast Asia, particularly the leadership of their governments, not to allow themselves to be used by iniquitous and self-serving MNLF members who are conspiring against the MNLF Leadership and the Bangsamoro Jihad Fi Sabilillah. 
  1. We enjoin the Bangsamoro people to reject plebiscite – if the strategic intention of plebiscite is to undermine the gains of the peace process and the Peace Agreement. And we further call upon the GRP to respect the national will of our people. 
  1. We express our sincere thanks and appreciation to the Manila-based ambassadors of Muslim countries for clarifying the issues reflective of the status of the MNLF in the OIC and its leadership. And so, too for their adherence to the democratic policy of non-interference in the internal affairs of the Organization and for calling, likewise, the MNLF rank and file to consolidate their unity. 
  1. We appeal to those brothers and sisters who have veered away from the correct political path to rejoin the MNLF in the pursuit of peace, freedom and development. And finally, 
  1. We pay tribute to and hail the crucial role of the soldiers of the MNLF. Accordingly, we take cognizance of their supreme sacrifices in terms of blood, tears and lives, especially those who were martyred in the course of our people’s Jihad Fii Sabilillah,

 

and we fervently request H.E. Prof. Dr. Nur Misuari, the Chairman of the MNLF Central Committee and Commander-in-Chief of the Bangsamoro Armed Forces to proclaim today, June 18, 2001, and every June 18 thereafter as “Bangsamoro Armed Forces Day.” And further request H.E. Chairman Misuari to order the State Committees, National and Task Force Commands to celebrate with fitting honor and solemnity this momentous Day. 

WE HEREBY ENTRUST this Extraordinary Congress and the Central Committee leadership of the MNLF to ratify and approve this resolution, respectively. 

ADOPTED by the General Assembly of the Bangsamoro people this 18th Day of June, 2001 at Shariff Kabunsuan Complex, Cotabato City, Mindanao, South Philippines. 

 

NOTE: This Resolution was signed by all members of the Central Committee of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) headed by H.E. Prof. Nur Misuari and by all national commanders, religious, and political leaders as well as the representatives to the Extraordinary Session of the Bangsamoro People’s National Congress. Attendance to this Assembly was estimated to be around Eighty thousand people, half of which were in military uniform representing the Bangsamoro Armed Forces of the MNLF.  

 

 

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