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« on: September 12, 2022, 03:28:30 AM »
Nur – Murad meeting: “A great day for the Bangsamoro homeland”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 11 September) – “This is a great day, a great day for the Bangsamoro homeland,” the 83-year-old Nur Misuari, chair of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) said of his meeting with Bangsamoro Chief Minister Ahod “Al Haj Murad” Ebrahim, chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front whom he warmly welcomed in his residence here shortly after 2 p.m. on Sunday, marking the first time in over two decades that leaders of both fronts sat down to talk with each other.

When he was Governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), visited MILF chair Salamat Hashim in Camp Abubakar on March 16, 1999, a visit facilitated by the Libyan Ambassador to the Philippines. 

Hashim, who was Misuari’s Vice Chair before he broke away to form the MILF after the failed implementation of the 1976 Tripoli Agreement, succumbed to an illness in July 2003.

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Twenty-three years earlier, it was Misuari, then ARMM Governor, who visited MILF chair Hashim in Camp Abubakar. At that time, Misuari was awaiting the amendatory law that would have incorporated the provisions of the 1996 Final Peace Agreement he signed with government.  His three-year term was supposed to have ended in September 1999 but he stayed on as Governor on holdover capacity until November 2001.

Hashim’s MILF, on the other hand, started negotiating peace with the government in July 1997 under the Ramos administration but under the Estrada administration, only a general intent was signed in August 1998.

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“What we are witnessing here are Bangsamoro leaders taking a reconciliatory position to heed the call of President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr., for unity in the country. A united Bangsamoro will usher a genuine and inclusive peace not just in the BARMM but also throughout Mindanao and the entire country. More good things are expected to happen,” Galvez said in a press release issued by his office.

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