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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.

Date: 28/02/2011

The Fourth 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.



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