1996 Peace Agreement Mnlf

It could not be established that one of the specific appointments mentioned in the agreement took place in 1996. The MNLF report (1996-2005) to the audit body (OIC) explicitly states that none of the appointments have been made.1 Although Muslims are allowed to hold a number of positions in government, they are not the positions listed in the agreement and the candidates have not been recommended by the MRA. ARMM Act 9054 was passed in 2001. As requested in the 1996 agreement, The Republic Act 9054 provided for a new 24-seat regional assembly for the MRA, during which the current provinces and new ARMM provinces could vote in favour of joining the MRA. For provinces and cities that were to be involved in the broader territory of the autonomous region, voters were asked whether they supported or opposed inclusion.1 A 2008 report by the Organization of the Islamic Conference described a ”first tripartite meeting” between the CCA, MNLF and ICO held in November 2007 in Djidda Saudi Arabia. For this reason, the first meeting of the two parties to the conflict with the external body, which was elected to review the implementation of the 1996 agreement, took place 12 years after the signing of the agreement (`). The two sides also agreed that ”new efforts will be made to bring the peace dividends to the people of Bangsamoro.” Nearly 20 years later, the Tripoli agreement remained the framework for the final consensus between the Philippine government and the MNLF, itself promoted by the Islamic States. Both sides had overcome the contradictions resulting from a long war and mistrust resulting from the non-implementation of previous agreements. Not only had the negotiators tackled these difficulties, but they also seemed to have become friends during the four years of discussions – indicating the hope that this time peace was close. On 2 September 1996, at the signing of the agreement, President Fidel Ramos said: ”This peace agreement is fully in line with our aspirations for peace and development for all, especially the millions of poor and destitute masses in our southern regions.” MNLF President Nur Misuari was also optimistic, although a little more cautious: ”We need to warn people not to expect too much, but that`s not an excuse for not maximizing our efforts either.”