Posted by: JWP | 01/24/2010

Int’l truce monitors to redeploy in Southern Philippines

Int’l truce monitors to redeploy in Mindanao

The Daily Tribune by Michaela P. del Callar 01/22/2010

International truce monitors will be redeployed within a few months in the restive southern region of Mindanao to observe if both the government and the Muslim separatist group Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is abiding by the ceasefire they have forged while peace negotiations between them are ongoing, a senior diplomat said yesterday.

At the same time, chief government negotiator and concurrent Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Rafael Seguis said the government and the MILF have invited Qatar, Indonesia, Norway and the European Union (EU) to join the International Monitoring Team (IMT). The governments of the three countries and the leadership of the EU, however, have yet to respond to the invitation, he added.

Seguis said Malaysia will resume its role as head of a 60-man IMT, which also includes Japan, Brunei and Libya. The IMT will have a one-year renewable mandate.

“This is an indication that peace talks will continue. An advance team will be deployed first week of February to check on the housing and arrangements first then they will determine the exact date of deployment of the entire IMT contingent,” he told reporters in a chance interview.

He moreover said the terms of reference for the IMT deployment has already been finalized.

Diplomatic sources said the IMT is expected to start its monitoring work by April.

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