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Philippines, Muslim rebel groups sign peace accord

Monday, October 15, 2012 - 01:27

Oct. 15 - The Philippines government signs a landmark peace deal with Muslim rebel groups. Julie Noce reports.

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EDIT CONTAINS 4:3 MATERIAL History was made in Manila Monday when a peace deal was reached between the Philippine government and the country's largest rebel separatist group. Murad Ebrahim, the leader of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, or MILF and President Benigno Aquino watched on as negotiators signed a treaty that aims to end more than 40 years of violence. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES, BENIGNO AQUINO, SAYING: "We commit to peace, a peace that will be sustained through democratic ideals, a peace that heals and empowers, a peace that recognizes the many narratives of the Filipino people and weaves them into a single national aspiration for equitable progress." (SOUNDBITE) (English) MORO ISLAMIC LIBERATION FRONT CHAIRMAN, MURAD EBRAHIM, SAYING: "We have inked the most important document in the chapter of our history--a landmark document that restores to our people their Bangsamoro identity and their homeland, their right to govern themselves, and the power to forge their destiny and future with their very hand." The peace deal will serve as a roadmap to form an autonomous region in the south known as "Bangsamoro". The deal ends a decades-old conflict has killed more than 120,000 people and hampered development in the resource-rich southern Philippines.

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Philippines, Muslim rebel groups sign peace accord

Monday, October 15, 2012 - 01:27