Philippine Muslim rebels vow to win peace

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MILF rebels at a rally in support of the peace agreement with the government, on southern island of Mindanao, on March 27, 2014Muslim rebels who have been waging a decades-long rebellion in the Philippines said Monday they would “do everything possible” to ensure a peace accord is implemented, as crucial talks made slow progress. Mohagher Iqbal, chief negotiator for the 12,000-strong Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), said it was determined to press ahead with negotiations despite the recent setbacks. The MILF and President Benigno Aquino’s government signed an accord in March that laid out a roadmap for final peace by the middle of 2016. Under the peace accord, the MILF would have control of a new southern autonomous region, and the rebels would lay down their arms.

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