PGMA meets with U.S. Sec Rice on peace talks with MILF

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo met with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and discussed on the on going peace process in Mindanao.

According to Press Secretary Jesus Dureza, President Arroyo informed Sec. Rice that the Philippine government is prepared to go back to the negotiating table with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

This, however, as soon as positive results are gathered from the ongoing consultations with stakeholders and affected communities in Mindanao.

The President explained the new paradigm of her administration in pursuing the peace talks with the MILF based on more authentic consultations and not dictated by any armed group.

She also expressed gratitude for the continuing US assistance in the Mindanao peace process

Dureza was confident that the ongoing consultations with the stakeholders as mandated under the new paradigm might be completed very soon so that government can address the immediate needs of the displaced families and affected communities in the south. (PIA/Bohol)

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