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New team of Indonesian peacekeepers now in Central Mindanao

BANGSAMORO NEWS UPDATES • 00:34 AM Fri Jul 8, 2016
John Unson
The new team of Indonesian peacekeepers pose with Malaysian Major Gen. Datuk Wira Zamrose of the International Monitoring Team (middle) after setting foot in Cotabato City.(JOHN UNSON)

COTABATO CITY --- A new team of Indonesian peacekeepers arrived here Thursday to help monitor the enforcement of the now 19-year ceasefire accord between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.From Manila the team, led by Col. Gumuroh Winardjatmiko of the Indosian Army, immediately reported to the office here of the Malaysian-led International Monitoring Team (IMT).The IMT, under Major Gen. Datuk Wira Zamrose of the Malaysian Royal Armed Forces, is comprised of military and police personnel from Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia and civilian conflict resolution experts from Japan and the European Union. The group of Winardjatmiko arrived in Cotabato City exactly two weeks after their military compatriots, led by Col. Elphis Rudy, had returned to Indonesia after a year-long peacekeeping mission in areas covered by the 1997 Agreement on General Cessation of Hostilities between the government and the MILF.The IMT has been helping monitor the enforcement of the ceasefire in conflict flashpoint areas in Mindanao since late 2003.Malaysia has since been helping push forward the peace overture between the government and the MILF as a third party facilitator.”While at the IMT office, Winardjatmiko also met with Gen. Alex Macasero of the government’s Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities.Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia are all members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, a bloc of more than 50 Muslim states supporting Malacañang’s Southern Mindanao peace process.



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