of H.E. Chairman Nur Misuari
before the Senior Officials’ Meeting Preparatory
to the 28th
Session of the Islamic Conference
of Foreign Ministers
at Al-Salam Holiday Inn, Jeddah
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
6-8 Rabiul Awwal, 1422H.
Chairman Nur Misuari at the OIC Senior Officers' Meeting
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
We would like to join the esteemed delegates to this
Preparatory Meeting of the 28th ICFM in Bamako, Mali,
in welcoming and congratulating His Excellency Abdelouahed
Belkeziz, the new OIC Secretary General, as well as the election
of the distinguished head of the delegation of the Republic of
Mali to chair this meeting of the OIC Senior Officials. So, too,
the election of the respective heads of the Arab Republic of
Egypt, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the State of
Palestine as deputy Chairmen and Malaysia as the Rapporteur.
Excellencies: I came to this meeting as the head of a
5-man delegation and I have a very simple message to convey to
you for your enlightenment and guidance. That since the adoption
of the historic resolution of the 9th Islamic Summit
Conference in Doha, Qatar, in late November last year, we see
signs of being drawn back into the vicious cycle that the 9th
Islamic Summit Conference Resolution wanted to avoid.
The Summit Resolution mandated the OIC Ministerial
Committee of the Seven to call a Tripartite Meeting at the
highest possible level in order to draw up the specific
timetable for the eventual establishment and delivery to the
MNLF Leadership and our people of the so-called “just and
genuine political autonomy” called for in the Tripoli
Agreement of December 1976 and the Manila Implementing Peace
Agreement of September 1996.
Except for the separate Preparatory Meeting called by the
Manila-based ambassadors of the OIC Ministerial Committee of the
Seven, headed by the distinguished ambassador of Indonesia, H.E.
Ambassador Soeratmin, no Tripartite Meeting has been held so
far. We do not know why this was so. And yet the Summit
Resolution called precisely for such meeting before the end of
the first quarter of this year. That means before the end of
It is mainly for this reason that I came to attend this
Senior Officials meeting and the forthcoming 28th
ICFM intend to do to resolve this dilemma. Our people are
awaiting our return and we are anxious to know what delightful
message we can possibly bring back to them.
For Your Excellencies information, the confusion and
sense of hopelessness and frustration of our people have
deepened and become all the more serious and exacerbated. Left
to itself, this situation could turn out to be quite dangerous
in the end.
In fact, when I called for a series of MNLF Regional
Congresses, followed by the Fourth Bangsamoro People’s
National Congress, to ask them for guidance on what to submit to
the so-called forthcoming Tripartite Meeting, some young people
seized the occasion to manifest their frustration and demanded
for us to return back to the path of self-determination and
independence that we put aside by virtue of the historic 1974
Kuala Lumpur Resolution.
Alhamduliilah, in response to my address before the
Plenary Session of the 2,000-strong Bangsamoro People’s
National Congress, it was agreed that they keep their decision
in abeyance until “an auspicious” condition shall have
arisen. I suggested that they should be patient and wait for the
outcome of the Tripartite Meeting to prevent them from taking
Both the Chief Intelligence of the Southern Command of
the Philippine Armed Forces and the Air Force intelligence Chief
based in Zamboanga City wwent to visit me at my office in
Kabatangan Complex, Zamboanga City, to inquire into the status
of the said Congress Resolution. They returned home apparently
convinced that the situation was not grave - that there was no
cause for anxiety or alarm.
the advisers of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and also of
Vice President Teofisto Guingona; both of them went to see me
and stayed with us for several days. And they even addressed the
one-day extraordinary meeting of the Bangsamoro People’s
National Congress. Presidential Adviser Jesus Dureza and Vice
Presidential Adviser for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Sanchez
Ali, both spoke before the Extraordinary Meeting and both of
them could bear witness to the enthusiasm and seriousness of the
prevailing mood of the meeting.
And for this reason, we sent message to Her Excellency,
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, suggesting for her to cleanse
her government of such iniquitous elements who are out to
exploit her kindness and tolerance and the awesome power of her
Office to the detriment of our most friendly and cordial
relationship with her Government and the peace in Mindanao.
Likewise, to the Vice President of the Philippine Republic.
This is a test as to the seriousness and sincerity of Her
Excellency’s formal commitment to implement the GRP-OIC-MNLF
Peace Agreement and avoid being perceived as engaging in a
double-dealing activity towards us.
In addition, we also advised her to drop the new
condition unilaterally attached by Her Excellency’s Government
to the full implementation of the peace agreement in letter and
spirit. For we believe that demanding for the unity of the MNLF
and the MILF as a pre-condition for such full implementation may
only exacerbate the stumbling block to the success of our peace
process. For we know very well that the MILF leaders have
reaffirmed their well-known position that it cannot acknowledge
and accept let alone support the GRP-OIC-MNLF Peace Agreements.
For it will do violence to their demand for self-determination
and independence and the establishment of a separate Islamic
Therefore, we appeal to this August Assembly to come up
with a rather pragmatic or realistic policy to ensure the speedy
implementation of the Islamic Summit Conference Resolution in
Doha, Qatar, for the sake of a durable and lasting peace in the
Bangsamoro Homeland and the general welfare of our oppressed
Before I conclude, I would like to extend my most
profound thanks and gratitude to H.E. Ambassador Soeratmin and
his colleagues in the OIC Ministerial Committee of the Seven for
taking the cudgel for us and for pressuring the Government of
the Republic of the Philippines to undertake their binding
international commitment and obligation to establish and deliver
genuine political autonomy for our people and to the MNLF
Mr. Chairman, thank you. Wa Billahi Tawfik Wal Hidayah
Wassalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.