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Discussing the Peace Process for Mindanao

Friday, May 2, 2008

During her Ministerial visit to the Philippines, Meg discussed the peace process in Mindanao with the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Jesus Dureza. He said that progress was being made, but there is still some way to go in establishing a sustained peaceful process. Meg discussed with him whether it would be helpful to examine the Northern Ireland peace process to see if lessons from that were applicable. Secretary Dureza said the Philippine Government is keen to take forward this idea.


Mindanao, in the southern Philippines, is home to the majority of the country’s five million Muslims. The majority of the population are peaceful, but there has been an ongoing conflict with Islamist separatists. Small groups have been engaged in an insurgency for a state, independent of the predominantly Christian Philippines, for around 30 years. They have been involved in bombings, kidnappings, assassinations, rapes and extortion in what they describe as their fight for an independent Islamic state.

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Meg and Jesus Dureza.

Meg and Jesus Dureza.

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