Statements Archive
Oct 10, 2012 - Welcoming the Framework Peace Agreement for Mindanao
Peace Boat greatly welcomes the announcement that the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have reached a Framework Peace Agreement, a breakthrough in the negotiations for peace in Mindanao.

We join with citizens around the world in sending our deepest congratulations to our friends and partners in the Philippines for their enduring efforts to support this peace process, particularly those with whom we have the honour to work as fellow members of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), and highlight the vital role played by civil society in making this historical agreement possible. The enduring commitment, passion, creativity, leadership, persistence and understanding demonstrated by Filipino civil society is an inspiration to us and to all those around the world working to end the suffering caused by conflict.

As a Japan-based organisation, Peace Boat also recognises the role played by the Government of Japan as a member of the International Contact Group, and encourages Japan to continue active involvement in such efforts for peacebuilding through dialogue, to realise the nonviolent principles of Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution.

We continue to stand together in solidarity with the people of Mindanao and the Philippines on their path for peace, to ensure that the commitments made by both leaderships in this agreement are fulfilled, that this is a positive starting point for the process of reconciliation and community rebuilding based on human security, and that the lives and rights of the people of Mindanao remain at the forefront of this process to build a lasting, sustainable and just peace for all.

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For more information on developments in Mindanao, see the homepage of Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID), Regional Secretariat of GPPAC in Southeast Asia.