JEDDAH, 28th January, 2016 (WAM)–The Fifth and final Tripartite Review Meeting at ministerial level between the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) was held under the auspices of the OIC Secretary Iyad Ameen Madani at the OIC headquarters from 25-26 January 2016.

The purpose of the meeting was to continue efforts for the completion of the Review Process which was established to ensure the implementation of the 1996 peace agreement in the Southern Philippines.

The delegation of the Government of the Philippines was led by the Secretary of State and Advisor to the President of the Philippines on the Peace Process, Terisita Q. Deles, whereas the MNLF side was headed by Spokesperson Attorney Randolp Parcasio.

The meeting was chaired by the OIC Secretary General and was attended by the Member States of the Peace Committee for the Southern Philippines (PCSP). Ambassador Sayed Kassim El-Masry, Special Envoy for Peace in Southern Philippines was also present.

At the opening of the meeting, Madani outlined the OIC’s strong support for the peace process and praised the efforts of Philippine President Aquino for his efforts to achieve a just and lasting peace in Mindanao by working for the passage of the agreed version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Madani also reiterated the OIC’s support for the Bangsamoro Coordination Forum (BCF) as the venue for both the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to close ranks and strengthen and consolidate their cooperation and unity and maintain their peaceful struggle for the common cause.

At the end of the deliberations, a final Communique was issued highlighting 5 points of agreement: to request the Islamic Development Bank to work with all parties to establish the Bangsamoro Development Assistance Fund with a view of operationalising it as soon as possible; on the issue of strategic minerals, the meeting agreed that the matter is referred to the oversight committee provided for in Section 3 Article XVIII of RA 9054 to continue the devolution process; the meeting concurred with the previous resolutions and statements of the OIC, including Resolution 2/42 P.3, and also noted the vital role and participation of the MNLF in any transitional authority that will be set up under the new autonomy law; and that the Tripartite Implementation Monitoring Committee (TIMC) will be organized consistent with the Terms of Reference already agreed.

The final Communique commended the efforts exerted by the Secretary General to convene the 5th Tripartite Meeting which moved forward the Tripartite Review Process to reach a successful conclusion.