PRIME MOVERS SPEAK on 10th Year of GRP-MNLF Final Peace Agreement



August 24 and September 1 – On the eve of the 10th year of the signing of the 1996 Final Peace Agreement (FPA) between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), Fr. Eliseo R. Mercado Jr. and Former President of the Philippines Fidel V. Ramos spoke at the 1st and 2nd Memorial Lectures held by KAS and its Mindanao partners. The 4-part Lecture Series was designed as a platform for the FPA’s main architects to provide an inside look at the process leading up to the agreement, as well as review its implementation.

Fr. Eliseo R. Mercado, Jr. OMI gave a memorial lecture on August 24, 2006 at the Shariff Kabungsuan Complex in Cotabato City. The lecture was attended by personalities from the Autonomous Regional Government (ARG), academe, religious sect, and civil society organizations/non-government organizations.

Former President Fidel V. Ramos delivered a memorial lecture at the Davao Convention Center in Davao City on September 1. Lecture participants consisted of former MNLF combatants headed by ARMM Assemblyman Hatimil Hassan, members of the Regional Assembly (RA) of the ARMM, Civil Society Organizations, Non-government Organizations (NGOs), foreign donors, and other key stakeholders.

Succeeding Memorial lectures will be held in Manila and feature Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) representative former Indonesian Ambassador Sastrohando Wiryono, November 2, and MNLF Chairman Nur Misuari ( Date to be announced ).

The 1996 FPA put at end to fighting between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Moro National Liberation Front that cost 120,000 lives, displaced a million families, and caused widespread destruction in Mindanao between 1969 and 1996. The Philippine Government has been engaged in peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), a group that was formed after the 1996 FPA, for the past ten years.

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