Tuesday, 18 January 2011 11:31
Presidential Adviser for the Peace Process Teresita Quintos Deles has expressed gladness at the Legal Panel of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) led by Professor Nur Misuari and Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) led by Undersecretary of Justice Leah Armamento.
On January 14, 2011, Secretary Deles met with the Legal Panel on the Tripartite Review of the Implementation of the 1996 Final Peace Agreement at Indonesian Embassy. The meeting was an offshoot nearly twenty-two months to date from the Third Tripartite Meeting.
"We are glad that the Legal Panels, jointly led by Professor Nur Misuari and Undersecretary of Justice Leah Armamento – has found such common grounds and transformed to legal form the common proposals and common grounds," the peace adviser said in a prepared message.
According to her, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) commends the Legal Panel of the Tripartite Review of the Implementation of the 1996 Final Peace Agreement as it embarks and proceeds to conclude its work.
She said the Third Tripartite Meeting held on 13 March 2009 created and mandated the Legal Panel to transform the common proposals of the Joint Working Group into legal form and to find ways to arrive at common grounds on the issues Joint Working Group referred for further study.
"The OPAPP expresses its appreciation and gratitude for the effort and expertise shared by the Legal Panel to our quest for a more satisfactory implementation of the 1996 Final Peace Agreement. We look forward to seeing your report and the draft amendatory bill at the Fourth Tripartite Meeting," Deles said.
Secretary Deles also extended the appreciation of the Philippine Government under President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III for the concern, attention and effort of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) particularly the Peace Committee on Southern Philippines.
She said such concern, attention and effort definitely and concretely contribute to the establishment and nourishment of an enabling environment for the sustained peace and development in Southern Philippines.
"I would personally like to give my thanks for the personal time and attention being given by the representatives of the OIC members-states who have been coming to the opening and closing of these meetings for several times now."
She also joins the Organization of Islamic Conference and the other members of the Peace Committee in Southern Philippines in expressing its deep appreciation for the kindness and generosity of the Indonesian Embassy in Manila for hosting meetings of the Legal Panel.
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