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Philippines hopes to reach peace with MILF.

The failure to reach a final peace agreement

with the rebels of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) with the government of

Philippines, is not the end of peace talks, senior negotiator of Philippines

Rafael Segus said. Local media quoted Segus on Sunday as saying that his country is seriously

studying a draft of agreement between the two sides, presented in the

negotiations hosted by Malaysia last Thursday, before resuming talks by mid

February. He expressed hope that the next stage of negotiations would lead to

reaching a final peace agreement with MILF, the largest rebel group in the

country. Negotiations between Philippines and MILF resumed early 2009, after a stop

in 2006 due to failure to reach an agreement on the inherited areas, inhibited

by Muslims hundreds of years ago. The southern island of Mindanao witnesses continuous violence between the

government and MILF, which groups 12,000 militants. Rebels of MILF fights for the independence of Mindanao, a southern island

with 16 millions of population, 4 millions of which are muslims.

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