PENANG, Malaysia (MindaNews/26 February) – They did not speak in the same session at the 4th Consolidation for Peace Seminar here but representatives of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) expressed optimism about the future of the talks even as they also acknowledged the challenges.
To many interested observers and students of peace like me, a conflict like the GRP-MILF conflict in Mindanao ‘seems’ to possess all the necessary ingredients for peace. However, at closer scrutiny, problems are evident and the formulas somehow lack the final ingredients to make them work. The current stalled status of the peace talks and the complaints from the Philippines government (GRP) about the Malaysian Facilitator and the facilitation process is just an example of the problems that have plagued this peace process and will need to be sorted out quickly.
PENANG, Malaysia (MindaNews/13 January) – The Mindanao Association of State Colleges and Universities Foundation (Mascuf) and the Universiti Sains Malaysia on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding to “establish the framework for understanding and cooperation” in the areas of staff and student exchanges and the sharing of expertise, knowledge and information. The signing came at the start of the four-day Mindanao Educators Peace Summit here.