International conference for reconciliation held in Mindanao

The conference will be a moment of reflection after the historic agreement signed for peace in the southern Philippines.

Philippines
Jun 06 2014, 2:09 PM
International conference for reconciliation held in Mindanao
EU Ambassador Guy Ledoux announces the EU’s co-sponsorship of a peace conference in Mindanao set on June 6 to 7 in the Notre Dame University in Cotabato.

A two-day international conference for reconciliation that opened today at the Notre Dame University in Cotabato saw the participation of several Christian and Muslim leaders, cultural leaders, politicians and academicians.

Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato is also present at the interfaith conference, titled ‘Peace is living together’, which is organized jointly by the Archdiocese of Cotabato, the Community of Sant' Egidio and the Indonesian Muslim Muhammadiyah association.

All religious, political, social and cultural organizations interested or involved in the peace process in the South Philippines were invited for the June 6 and 7 conference that emphasizes on the crucial role that religions and cultures can play in building peace and reconciliation in Mindanao.

The conference will be a moment of reflection after the historic agreement signed for peace in the southern Philippines. It emphasizes on the criteria of inclusion, which is "fundamental at a social and political level, for majorities and minorities, all with the right to be represented. In this context, it will be extremely significant that Bangsamoro Parliament is composed of Muslims, Christians, indigenous and independent members," said a note on the conference.

Bangsamoro is the Muslim region in the southern Philippines region of Mindanao.

“The event aims to support the peace process and to broaden the participation in all religious, civil and political realities in Mindanao. After signing the agreement, in fact, the challenge now is to implement the peace process in the region," the note further said.

After 17 years of negotiations, the Philippine government and the rebel Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed a treaty on March 27 that formally ended four decades of war which had killed more than 100,000 people. The ‘Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro’ had been described by government peace negotiators as a "partnership" based on "shared aspirations to heal the wounds of conflict, enable meaningful autonomy for the Bangsamoro, and nurture peace and development in Muslim Mindanao."

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