Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Fresh fighting in Philippines could undermine peace talks

About 300 Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) fighters crept onto the beaches near Zamboanga City in the country’s Mindanao region September 9…Clashes between security forces and the fighters killed at least eight people and left 24 others wounded…20 hostages were also captured…The MNLF is an Islamic splinter group of the more well-known Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) which is presently in negotiations with the Philippine government…The militants are taking advantage of a distraction in Manila as talks for peace continue with their parent group, the MILF…Prime Minister Benigno Aquino has proudly displayed the talks as evidence of his administration’s success at ending the insurgency which has lasted for decades…Now that a city of 800,000 people is essentially under siege, the government is feeling the pressure to end the flare-up quickly in case other groups decide to act in the vacuum…The MILF are the strongest of militant groups in Mindanao, but other factions are not ready to relinquish their weapons and are clearly willing to continue the conflict…US Special Operations advisers are assisting government troops to decisively end the situation soon.

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