Indonesia To Help Peace in South Philippine

Indonesia was underscored the peaceful resolution of the conflict between the Philippine government and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in Zamboanga City.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said their government is concerned with recent developments in the ongoing armed conflict in Zamboanga City.

Natalegawa said Indonesia is always ready, at the request of stakeholders, to contribute to the restoration of normalcy in southern Philippines.

Natalegawa urged both parties to find a peaceful solution to the conflict and stand by the 1996 peace agreement.

“The 1996 Final Peace Agreement is a comprehensive agreement as the foundation for solving problems in the Southern Philippines for a just, comprehensive and sustainable peace,” he said.

Indonesian Ambassador Kristiarto Legowo called for a peaceful resolution to the conflict. “As for Indonesia, we would like to see that we would be able to find a peaceful resolution to this problem as soon as possible so we may avoid more casualties,” Legowo said.

The European Union also expressed concern over the conflict in Zamboanga as it called on the Misuari-led faction of the MNLF to release the civilian hostages without preconditions.

Indonesia currently chairs the Organization of Islamic Conference – Peace Committee for Southern Philippines (OIC-PCSP), which brokered the 1992-1996 peace talks between the government and the MNLF under the leadership of Misuari. The talks eventually led to the signing of the 1996 peace agreement.

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