05 Aug '11, 9am

Philippine president Aquino agrees with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front to speed up peace talks.

MANILA: Philippine President Benigno Aquino and the head of the country's main Muslim rebel group agreed during a secret meeting in Japan to speed up peace talks, the government said Friday. "Both agreed to fast track the negotiations," a Philippine government statement said after Aquino met Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chairman Murad Ebrahim on Thursday near Tokyo's Narita airport. "Both agreed that the implementation of any agreement should happen within the current administration," it added, referring to Aquino's six-year term that ends in mid-2016. MILF vice-chairman Ghazali Jaafar also told AFP by telephone from the southern Philippines that the Japan meeting had been a success. "It's a fruitful meeting. The government is serious in looking for (a) genuine solution to the problem," said Jaafar, who did not travel with Ebrahim. The 12,000-strong MILF has been w...

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