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Interim Agreement (4th Round of Formal Peace Talks in Jakarta, Aug 29, 1996)

Interim Agreement (4th Round of Formal Peace Talks in Jakarta, Aug 29, 1996)

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GRP-MNLF FOURTH
ROUND
OF
FORMAL
PEACE
TALKS
WITH
THE
OIC PARTICIPATION
IAKARTA,
AUGUST
29-31,,
1996
1.996
INTERIM
AGREEMENT
THE FOURTH
ROUND
OF
FORMAL
PEACE
TALKS
BETWEEN
THE GOVERNMENT
OF
THE
REPUBLIC
OF
THE PHILIPPINES
(GRP)
AND
THE
MORONATTONAL
LTBERATION FRONT
(MNLF)
WITH
THE
PARTICIPATION OF
THE OIC
MINISTERIAL
COMMITTEE
OF
THE
SIX
AND
THE OIC
SECRETARY-GENERAL
wAS
HELD
INTAKARTA,INDONESIA,
ON
AUGUST
29-30,1996.WHEREAS,
following
the agreementreached
during
the Second
Round
ofExploratory
Talks betweenthe
Government of
the
Republicof
the
Philippines
(GRP)
andthe
MoroNational Liberation Front (MNLF)
in
Cipanas, Indonesia on
April
L4,
1993,
with
the
participationof
theGovernment of
the
Republicof Indonesia and
the Secretary-General
of
the
Organizationof
the
Islamic
Con-ference
(OIC),
the
First RoundofFormal
Peace
Talks
was heldinjakarta,Indonesia
on
October
25-
November
7,
1993,
which
was
concluded
positively
with
the signing
of
a"Memorandum
of
Agreement" and an
"Interim
CeasefireAgreement";WHEREAS,
the
Second
Round
of
Formal
Peace
Talks
held injakarta,
Indonesia,
on
September
1"-5,1994
resulted
positively
with
the
signing
of
the
"l994lnterim
Agreement"
consists of
fourty-two
(42)
pointsof
agreements
recommended
by
a
number of
meetings
of
thevariousSupport
Committees and the
Mixed
Committee;
WHEREAS,the
Third
RoundofFormal
Peace
Talks held
in
Jakarta,Indonesia
November
27-December1.,1995
resulted
positively
with
the
signing of the"1.995InterimAgreement'
consist
of eighty-one
(81)
points
of
consensus
and agreed to
reaffirm
the
fourty-two
(42)
points
of
consensus
contained
in
the
"1994
Interim
Agreement",
therebybrought
the
total
of
confirmed
consensus
points to
one
hundred
and
twenty-three
(123);
WHEREAS,
in
order
to
attain commonviews
on the
peace
negotiations,the
Government
of the Republic ofIndonesia
as
Chairman
of the
OICMinisterial
Committee of
the Six
held
an
ExtraordinaryMeeting
ofthe
OIC
Ministerial
Committee
of
theSix
in
Jakarta,Indonesia,
on
lune
3-
4,
1996,
to
discuss
the
remaining
most contentiousissue
on
the
establishment of
the
transitionalimplementing
structure and mechanism;
 
WHEREAS,
during
the
Extraordinary Meeting
of the OIC
Ministerial
Committeeof
the Six, theGRP,
and the
MNLF
Peace
Panels
were
also
invited
to
brief
the
participants
on
the latest
development
of
the
peace
process:
and
came
up
with
fourteen
(1,4)
points
of
consensus
on the
establishment
of
the
Southern
Philippine Council
for
Peace
andDevelopment
(SPCPD)asthe
transitional implementing
structureto
be
formally
endorsedby the scheduled
meeting
of
the
Mixed Committee;WHEREAS,upon
the
consensus
reached
during
the
jakartaConsultative
Meeting,
the
8th
Mixed
Committee Meeting
was
held
in
Davao
City
on
|une
20-23,1996
and
concluded
positively
with
the
consolidation
of
thirty-seven
(37)
additional
points
of consensus on the
establishment
of
the
Southern
PhilippinesCouncil for
Peace
and
Development
(SPCPD)
for
the
transitional
period
(L6
points)
and on the establishmentof
the
Special
RegionalSecurity Force
(SRSF)
for
thenew
Regional
AutonomousGovernment
(21
points);
and agreedtorecommend
it
to
the Fourth Round
of
Formal
Peace
Talks
for
consolidation
andconfirmation;WHEREAS,the
participantsof
the
Fourth Round ofFormal
Peace
Talks agreedto
formally
consolidate,
adopt
and
confirm
all pointsof
consensus/
particularly
those reached at
the last
two
(2)
meetings
of
the
Mixed
Committeeheld respectively in Davao
City
on
lwne
20-23,1996 and
in]akarta
on
August
28,1996
which
was
to finalizeits
taskinpreparing
the
draft
of the
Final Agreement
prior
to the
FourthRoundofFormal
Peace
Talks;
WHEREAS,
with
the
positive
progress of the
peace
negotiations,
the
participants
of the
FourthRound
of
Formal
Peace
Talkstherefore,
NOW, THE
PARTIES DO HEREBY AGREE
L
IMPLEMENTING
STRUCTURE
ANDMECHANISM
OF
THIS AGREEMENT
1.
Phase
L
shall
cover
a
three
(3)
year
period
startingafter
the
signing
of
thepeace
agreement
with
the issuance
of ExecutiveOrder establishing
the Special
Zone
of
Peace
and
Development
(SZOPAD),the Southern
Philippines
Council
for
Peace
and
Development
(SPCPD),
and the
Consultative
Assembly.
During this
phase,
the
process
of
the
joiningin
of
MNLF
elements
with
the
Armed
Forces
of
the
Philippines
will
also
start.
The
joiningin
of
MNLF
elements
with
the PNP
as
part
of the
regular
police
recruitment
progranrme shall
also
start
in
this
phase.
150
 
2.
Phase
2
shall
involve
an
amendment
to or repeal of the
Organic
Act
(RA
67M)
ol
the
Autonomous
Region
in
Muslim Mindanao
(ARMM)
through
Congressional
action, after
which
the
amendatory
law
shall
be
submitted
to
the
people
of
the
concerned
areas
in
a
plebiscitetodetermine
the
establishment
of
a
new regional autonomousgovernment and the specific
area
of
autonomy
thereof.
a.
While
peace
and
developmentprograms are
beingimplemented
in
theSZOPAD,
a
bill
to
amend
or
repeal
the
RA
6734
shall
be
initiated
within
Phase
I
(1996-199n.
The
bill
shall
include
the
pertinent provisions
of the
Final
Peace
Agreement
and the
expansion
of the present
ARMM
area
of autonomy.
After
a
law
shall have
been passed
byCongress
andapproved
by
the
President,
it
shall
be
submitted
to the people
for approvalin
a
plebiscite
in
thealfected
areas,
withintwo
(2)
years
from
the
establishmentof the
SPCPD
(1998).
b.
The
new
area
of
autonomyshall then
be
determined by
the
provinces
and cities
that
will
vote/choose
to
join
the
said
autonomy
(1998).
It
may
be
provided
by
the Congress
in
a
law
that
clusters
of contiguous-Muslim-dominated
municipalitiesvotinginfavor
of
autonomy
be
mergedandconstituted
into
a
new province(s)
which
shall become
part
ofthe
new Autonomous
Region.
rr.
THE TRANSTTTONALPERIOD(PHASE-I)
There
shallbe
established
a
Special
Zone
of.
Peaceand
Development
in
Southern
Philippines
(SZOPAD) covering the
provinces
of
Basilan,
Sulu,
Tawi-Tawi,
Zamboangadel
Sur,Zarnboangadel
Norte,
North
Cotabato,
Maguindanao,
SultanKudarat,
Lanao
del Norte,Lanao
del Sur,
Davao del
Sur,
SouthCotabato, SaranganiandPalawan
and
thecities
of
Cotabato,
DapitaryDipolog,
General
Santos,
Iligan,
Marawi,
Pagadian,Zamboanga,
andPuerto
Princesa.
Within
thenextthree
(3)
years,theseareas
shallbe the focus
ofintensive
peace
anddevelopmentefforts.Public
and
private investments
shall
be
channeled
to
theseareas
to spur
economic
growth
and
uplift
the
conditions
of thepeople
therein.
There shall
be
established
a
Southern
Philippines Council
for
Peace
andDevelopment
(SPCPD),
composed
of
one
(1)
Chairmaruone(1")Vice-Chairmanand three
(3)
Deputies,
one
each
representing
the
Muslims,
the
Christians,
and the
CulturalCommunities.
They shall
be
appointedby
the President.
3.4.
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