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Phil. President Enlists Aid of Sweden, U.K. for Peace Negotiations

Philippine News, Posted: Sep 07, 2008

PAMPANGA, PhilippinesPhilippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is planning to enlist the help of Great Britain through former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, as well as Sweden, in the peace negotiations with the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) group, Philippine News reports. Arroyo told reporters this week that the recent attacks by rogue MILF elements in Southern Philippines have highlighted the need to seek the assistance of various sectors, including the international community, in ending the decades-old conflict in the region. She said both Sweden and the United Kingdom, through Blair, have wide experience in negotiations with rebel groups. Actually, Tony Blair is willing to come to help us because he played a very strong part in the negotiations with Northern Ireland, Arroyo said. Sweden, on the other hand, is helping the Philippines in its disarmament, demobilization, rehabilitation (DDR) efforts, she added.

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