No agreement in KL talks

TOUGH ROAD AHEAD. Despite their smiles, it's a tough road ahead for the government and the MILF. Photo from OPAPP
The peace talks between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the government hit a wall on Thursday, July 11, with MILF peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal saying it was all “fruitless talk.” The entire MILF panel left the negotiating table past 5 pm on Thursday without signing any document. After a closed-door caucus with her team, government peace panel head Miriam Coronel-Ferrer said, they were “still trying.” Both parties returned to the negotiating table on July 8 and were looking forward to reaching an agreement on wealth sharing (involving taxes, grants and natural resources) and the envisioned Bangsamoro political entity. Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Teresita Deles said they remained hopeful the talks would continue as long as both sides remain in a problem-solving mode.

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