UN body inks humanitarian deal with MILF

M15milf (DAVAO CITY) — The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has
signed a humanitarian agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front
Saturday, the MILF announced in its website.

unicef-milf.jpg The MILF referred to the deal as historic, being the first ever to be forged
by the Moro rebel group with the UNICEF. It states the recognition and
commitment by both parties to put up “extra-ordinary efforts and projects”
to reach out to women and children in both conflict-affected and hard to
reach areas.

Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, MILF chair, and Dr. Nicholas K. Alipui, UNICEF country
representative, signed a joint communiqué on the matter, luwaran.com reported on April 14  at the MILF’s Camp Darapanan, in Sultan Kudarat town,
Shariff Kabunsuan Province.
Von Al Haq, chair of the MILF’s Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of
Hostilities, told MindaNews it has bearing on the peace process.
“Peace negotiations should be complemented by any development, both
infrastructure and humanitarian, including ensuring the respect and
protection of human rights,” he said in a text message Saturday. Photo shows Murad (3rd from left) and Alipui (fourth from left) flanked by other officials/ luwaran photo)

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