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Independent Third Party Monitoring Team Welcomes Government of the Philippines-MILF Agreement

Brussels, January 25, 2014 — The Third Party Monitoring Team (TPMT), formally established in 2013 as part of the peace process between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), welcomed the agreement reached today in Kuala Lumpur with the conclusion of the Annex on Normalisation (the fourth and final Annex to the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro signed in October 2012). The task of the TPMT is to observe and report on the implementation of all signed agreements, particularly the October 2012 Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro and its four annexes.

Alistair MacDonald, Chair of the TPMT, said “My colleagues and I congratulate the GPH and MILF Panel Chairs on the successful conclusion of the Annex on Normalisation, and welcome the path which this sets towards sustainable peace in Mindanao.”

“There is still much hard work ahead,” MacDonald said, “and there will certainly be many challenges to be faced in implementing the Framework Agreement and its Annexes. But the commitment of both Parties is clear, and the path to peace is well sign-posted.”

MacDonald added that with this landmark achievement in Kuala Lumpur the TPMT will now be able to carry forward fully its efforts to monitor the implementation of the signed agreements, through towards the election of the Bangsamoro Assembly and creation of the Bangsamoro Government in 2016, consulting with all stakeholders to identify the gains achieved and obstacles encountered, and reporting to the Parties and to the public.

Contact: Alistair MacDonald (TPMT Chair & Spokesperson)

tpmt.macdonald@gmail.com

 

Background

The TPMT was set up by the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to monitor the implementation of the GPH-MILF peace agreement, as provided for in the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) signed on Oct. 15, 2012. The TPMT has five members – two representatives from Philippine NGOs and two representatives from international NGOs (one of each being nominated by each party, all being agreed by both parties), and one “eminent international person” (jointly nominated by the two parties) to act as chair, convenor, and spokesperson of the TPMT.

The TPMT is required to convene every two months or as necessary, to monitor, review and assess the implementation of all signed agreements between the Parties, primarily the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro and its Annexes. An independent body, the operating costs of the TPMT are funded by a grant from the European Union.

The five members of the TPMT are

Zainuddin Malang, Executive Director of the Mindanao Human Rights Action Centre

- Huseyin Oruç, Vice-President of IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation (a Turkish humanitarian NGO)

- Steven Rood, Country Representative of The Asia Foundation

- Karen Tañada, Executive Director of the Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute

- and Alistair MacDonald, Chair (former EU Ambassador to the Philippines 2006-11, now retired)

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