The Technical Informal Meeting of the Tripartite Review Process on the implementation of the 1996 GPH-MNLF Final Peace Agreement will be held today up to tomorrow, September 8, at the New World Hotel in Makati City.
The meeting involves representatives from the Philippine Government, the MNLF and top officials of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which acts as third party facilitator of this peace table through the OIC Peace Committee of the Southern Philippines (OIC-PCSP).
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Teresita Quintos Deles said that “the meeting was called to prepare for the Formal Tripartite Meeting, which is proposed to be held in November” in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Deles clarified that the technical informal meeting is internal to TRP and the agenda set by the OIC Secretariat is to ‘chart a road map for a successful conclusion of the Tripartite [Review] Process,’ and will be facilitated by Ambassador Sayyed Kasem El-Masry, the OIC Special Envoy for the Peace Process in the Southern Philippines, who arrived in the country Saturday afternoon.
Completion of TRP means continuation of 1996 GPH-MNLF FPA implementation.
Last September 1, the Department of Foreign Affairs hosted a meeting with embassies of member countries of the OIC-PCSP and OPAPP. In her presentation featuring updates on the Bangsamoro peace process, Secretary Deles reiterated the Philippine Government’s call for the completion of the tripartite review process and emphasized that doing so will finally put back on track the continued implementation of the MNLF peace agreement.
“The Aquino Administration is fully committed to complete this peace process for the welfare of the people on the ground who have suffered most from the violence of armed conflict and are calling for an end to war that should be paramount in the minds of those who sit around the peace table. Let us give our people, especially the children whose future are being shaped by the decisions of their elders, the peace that they deserve,” she emphasized.
The GPH-OIC-MNLF Tripartite Review Process was initiated in 2007 as an offshoot of OIC Resolution No. 2/33-MM adopted by the 33rd Session of the ICFM held in Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan in June 2006, which called on the parties to the FPA to establish a mechanism to further move the implementation of the 1996 Final Peace Agreement.
Since then, four (4) Tripartite meetings had been held, and the fifth was initially scheduled in September 2013, but was indefinitely postponed by the OIC until the visit in Manila of Secretary General of OIC H.E. Mr. Iyad Ameen Madani last April 2015 that re-started the discussions on the TRP meetings. The 5th Meeting is set to reconvene in November 2015, where parties are expected to officially adopt the results of the technical informal meeting that will pursue the agenda of a roadmap to successfully conclude the tripartite process.
The Philippine Government will be represented by senior officials from OPAPP, the Office of the Executive Secretary, the Department of Foreign Affairs, National Commission on Muslim Filipinos, the National Security Agency, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines. For the MNLF delegation, the OIC based their representation on the ‘Jeddah formula.’ ###