MANILA, April 15 (AFP) - Philippine
negotiators are hoping for a peace treaty with Muslim separatists by the
end of the year that will deny sanctuary to Al-Qaeda-linked militants allegedly
hiding in rebel camps in the south, an official said Thursday.
"I believe we can finish these
negotiations within the year," Silvestre Afable, the head of the government
peace panel, told reporters.
Afable said he and his team of negotiators
would fly to Kuala Lumpur, which is hosting the negotiations, to begin
formal peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in the