Philippines: Forum on Sustaining a Peace Process

Event: February 24, 2010, Cotabato City, Philippines

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

3:00-5:00pm

Pacific Heights Hotel, Cotabato City

The prospect of forging a final peace agreement between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) within the current Arroyo administration is getting slimmer as the national May 2010 presidential elections draw nearer. The idea of an interim agreement has been floated to reflect the need to transition the talks safely from the current to the next administration. How durable is this peace process? What can be done to sustain this peace process?

In this critical period for the GRP-MILF Peace Talks, The Asia Foundation is organizing a public Forum entitled “Sustaining a Peace Process: Lessons from Peace Processes in Hard Times” on February 24, 2010, Wednesday, 3:00-5:00pm at the Pacific Heights Hotel in Cotabato City.

In partnership with the Institute of Bangsamoro Studies headed by Professor Abhoud S. Lingga, the Forum will feature the Deputy Country Representatives of The Asia Foundation in Nepal, Mr. Sagar Prasai, and in Afghanistan, Mr. Zoran Milovic.

The Asia Foundation’s Nepal and Afghanistan offices have been helping the young governments of both countries roll out post-conflict mechanisms and facilitate democratic institutions. Mr. Prasai and Mr. Milovic will share their experiences carrying out these programs.

Mr. Ky Johnson, the Deputy Country Representative for the Philippines will also join as a resource person in the Forum. Mr. Tom Parks, the Foundation’s Director for Conflict and Governance who is based in Bangkok, Thailand will also provide his regional perspective on peace processes.

The Forum is open to all. To attend, please RSVP to:

Windel Diangcalan, Asst. Program Officer

windel@asiafound.org

mobile: 0928.711.9404

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