Philippine government reach historic deal with Muslim rebels

An agreement has been reached between the Philippine government and Muslim rebels in the south that would create a new autonomous region. Telegraph: The historic agreement comes after 15 years of tortuous talks between the 12,000-strong Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the government. It calls for the creation of a new autonomous region in Mindanao, the Muslim-dominated south of the country, by 2016. "This framework agreement paves the way for a final and enduring peace in Mindanao," said President Benigno Aquino. Previous peace talks between the rebels and the government have broken down and led to a resumption of the violence that has claimed the lives of 120,000 people since the 1970s. But there is optimism that this deal, which was negotiated in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will succeed. With the MILF having dropped their demand for an independent state, Manila has agreed to establish a larger autonomous region in Mindanao than the current existing one...(Read Full Post)