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RESOLUTION NO. 2/39-MM

 

ON QUESTION OF MUSLIMS

 IN SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES


The Thirty-ninth Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (Session of Solidarity for Sustainable Development), held in Djibouti, Republic of Djibouti, from 1 to 3 Muharram 1434H, (15 - 17 November 2012)

Bearing in mind the OIC resolutions and the recommendations of the OIC Peace Committee in Southern Philippines (PCSP) and the question of Muslims there;

Commending the role played by Libya in reaching the Tripoli Agreement in 1976 and instrumental the role of the Republic of Indonesia as Chair of the PCSP and all its members, as well as to the Secretary Generalís efforts aimed at facilitating the peace process and assisting both the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) to reach a formula of joint proposals to ensure the full implementation of the 1996 Final Peace Agreement;

Praising the efforts of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud King of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in supporting the peace efforts and development of Muslims in Southern Philippines,

Reaffirming all previous Summit and Ministerial Conferences resolutions adopted in this regard;

Having considered the Report of the Secretary General on the Question of Muslims in Southern Philippines (Doc. No. OIC/CFM-39/2012/MM/SG.REP);

1- Renews its support for the Peace Agreement between the GPH and MNLF initialled on 30 August 1996 in Jakarta and officially signed in Manila on 2 September 1996;

2- Calls for quick and full implementation of the provisions of 1996 Final Peace Agreement on implementation of the 1976 Tripoli Agreement concluded between the GPH and the MNLF with good intention and genuine interest so that just and lasting peace and comprehensive development can be achieved for the Bangsamoro people;

3- Renews the mandate of the PCSP and the Secretary General to continue the necessary contacts with the GPH and the MNLF in favour of the full implementation of the 1996 Final Peace Agreement;

4- Appreciates the efforts of the Secretary General and the OIC-PCSP for their continued attempts to overcome the obstacles impeding full implementation of the 1996 Final Peace Agreement through the tripartite discussionsí mechanism, and expresses regret over the passage of five years since the discussions began without achieving tangible results commensurate to the cost and efforts expended;

5- Calls on the GPH to show flexibility that would allow progress on thepending major difficulties, namely the size of the autonomous region, transitional mechanism or transitional period arrangements and an agreed definition of strategic minerals, also calls upon it to sponsor the request by the MNLF on conducting a new plebiscite under neutral supervision to consult the population on whether they are willing to join the autonomous rule region;

6- Commends the efforts of the Secretary General in holding the second coordination meeting in December 2011 between the leaderships of the MNLF and MILF to continue their joint coordination and work to achieve peace and development for the people of Bangsamoro and calls for the continuation of dialogue to form the proposed Bangsamoro Coordination Forum (BCF) and requests Secretary General to present a progress report to the next Session. Commends MILFís acceptance of the proposal and urges MNLF to accept the proposal as soon as possible to enable institutional and orderly coordination between them.

7- Welcomes the conclusion of the Framework Agreement between GPH and MILF signed October 15, 2012 and express the hope that it shall be implemented in good faith and that its fate would be different from that of its predecessors which were either retracted, such as the Memorandum of Agreement concluded with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) which was not implemented due to a Philippine Constitutional Court order, or the Peace Agreements of 1976 and 1996 concluded with MNLF which have not been fully implemented so far.

8- Commends the role of the Government of Malaysia as the third party facilitator in the talks between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) which culminated with the signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro on 15th October 2012 in Manila in the presence of the Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, Malaysian Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak as well as the OIC Secretary General, Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu.

9- Invites all parties to improve on the Framework Agreement by linking it to the Peace Agreement of 1976 and abiding by the area of the autonomous region stipulated in this Agreement and reconfirmed in the Final Peace Agreement of 1996.

10- Calls upon the Secretary General to hold another session of the tripartite meeting at the earliest to contain any impacts that may result from the Framework Agreement between GPH and MILF, save the 1996 Agreement and link it to the Framework Agreement, and develop a mechanism between MNLF, MILF and GPH to oversee the implementation of these two agreements i.e. the agreement with the MILF and the agreements with the MNLF.

11- Requests the Secretary General to invite the representatives of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to participate in ministerial conferences as guest, in coordination with the hosting state, in order to facilitate coordination between the two fronts;.

12- Appeals to the GPH to see to the early resolution of the reported environmental problems resulting from the failure on the part of power and electricity plant in Lake Lanao and its surroundings to observe environmental standards, which resulted in serious and adverse environmental effects with damaging fallouts on local populationís health and economic and social conditions.

13- Urges OIC Member States, subsidiary organs, and specialized and affiliated institutions as well as Islamic charitable organizations in Member States to increase their medical, humanitarian, economic, financial, and technical assistance for the development of Southern Philippines with a view to accelerating the pace of social and economic development;

14- Requests the Secretary General to follow up the implementation of this resolution and report thereon to the Fortieth Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers.

 

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