Friday, 13 November 2009

MILF role in Sinnott’s release a step to peace – Malacañang

http://www.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2002195&Itemid=2

Malacañang today expressed gratitude to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for brokering the safe release of Irish priest Father Michael Sinnott.

The MILF turned the priest over to government officials in Barangay Sangali in Zamboanga City early this morning.

In an interview with members of the media, Press Secretary Cerge Remonde described the gesture as a manifestation of the MILF’s sincerity and commitment to the cause of peace.

He added that the palace is now more hopeful than ever that “the GRP (Government of the Republic of the Philippines) and the MILF can resume formal peace talks in December.”

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) made a similar observation, saying “the MILF central leadership played an indispensable role in securing the priest’s release.”

"These circumstances underscore the obligation of both sides to maintain an environment conducive to the conduct of peace talks, which we all hope will bring lasting peace and progress to Mindanao," a DFA statement reads.

The European Union also chimed in, noting that Sinnott's release will make a positive effect on the peace negotiation.

Sinnott was abducted on Oct. 11 in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur. He spent 32 days in captivity. (PND)

No comments:

Post a Comment