Saturday, August 12, 2006

Philippines/ Japan

Japan role in peace effort seen big help
By Edwin Fernandez
Last updated 01:25am (Mla time) 08/12/2006

COTABATO CITY—The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has lauded Japan for promising to send representatives to an international monitoring team (IMT) that seeks to ensure that the ceasefire agreement between the government and rebel group is holding.
“Japan has decided to participate in the IMT by sending an official who will play a leading role in the economic and social development area,” Bunye said on July 22.

Unlike Malaysia, which has led the peace monitors in the past two years, Japan will not be sending military forces as ceasefire observers but will help in the economic aspect of the


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