The Fourth Tripartite Meeting of GPH, MNLF,
and the OIC held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on February 22-23.
Closing of the Fourth Session of the Tripartite Meeting on the
Peace Agreement between Manila and Moro. The Government of the
Philippines Agrees to the Holding of a Referendum in the South
of the Country to Define the Autonomous Region.
session of the Tripartite Meeting between the
Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the Government
of the Republic of the Philippines and the Moro National
Liberation Front (MNLF) held under the auspices of the OIC
Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu concluded its works
on Wednesday 23 February 2011.
The delegation of the Government of the Philippines was led
by the Secretary of State and Advisor to the President of
the Philippines on the Peace Process in Southern Philippines
Mrs. Terisita Q. Deles, whereas the MNLF delegation was led
by Professor Nur Misuari. The meeting was chaired by
Ambassador Rezlan Genie, Head of the Indonesian Delegation
and Chairman of the OIC Committee for Peace in Southern
Philippines. Ambassador Sayed Kassim Al Masri, the Secretary
General’s Representative for peace in Southern Philippines,
was also attended the meeting.
At the end of the deliberations, a joint communiqué was
issued on the key issues discussed, namely the holding of
the referendum, the sharing of natural wealth, and the
administrative borders of the Autonomous Region of Mindanao
in Southern Philippines. It was agreed to form a high
commission with broad terms of reference to address the
issue of wealth-sharing and re-define the term of strategic
minerals and percentages of their revenue distribution
between the central government and the government of the
province. A timetable was fixed for the committee to
complete its work and to submit its report prior to the 38th
Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers which will take
place in Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan in the end of June.
The joint communiqué stipulated that the Committee shall
finalize its work before 30 May 2011. The Government of the
Philippines agreed in principle to the convening of a
referendum to canvass views from the population about
joining the Autonomous Region with a view to defining the
area and borders of the autonomous province.
Regarding the other issues agreed upon which were resolved
through technical committees, it was agreed to amend the
republican law on autonomy to encompass the agreements
reached between the two parties.
The Final Communiqué commended the efforts exerted by the
Secretary General to bring about security, peace and
stability in Southern Philippines. It expressed thanks to
the two parties for the hard work, patience and perspicacity
they demonstrated which enabled them to reach this
agreement, and urged them to intensify their efforts to
resolve all pending issues.