The Community of Sant'Egidio expresses its warmest congratulations to the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and to the M.I.L.F. for the signing of the Framework Agreement - which took place today in Malaysia - that puts an end to a conflict of more than four decades in the Philippine region of Mindanao.
Sant'Egidio, which in the last phase of the negotiations has hosted and met the two parts weaving a fruitful fabric of contacts and facilitation, wishes to congratulate President Benigno Aquino III and the leadership of the M.I.L.F. reaffirming its commitment to accompany the peace process that is now entering the delicate phase of its implementation.
The conflict that has bloodied the south of the archipelago of the Philippines meets now a just and balanced resolution that at the same time safeguards the Filipino national integrity, with its Christian majority, and the ethnic and cultural heritage of the Bangsamoro Islamic minority.