Libyan peace monitors arrive in Philippines

MANILA, Dec 6, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Two Libyan representatives arrived in Manila Monday to take part in the international peace monitoring team and assist peace talks between the government and the rebel Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Mohamed Suwaisi and Abubakar Ibrahim Wanis will fly to the southern city of Cotabato Wednesday together with 50 peace monitor members from Malaysia and Brunei, the ABS-CBN news channel reported.

The peace monitors will review cease-fire violations and decide on complaints from either sides of the peace negotiating table.

Contingents from Bahrain are also expected to arrive in the country in January, the report said.

Libya is the third Muslim country from the Organization of Islamic Countries to take part in the Philippine peace process.

The nearly 12,000-strong MILF has been fighting for an independent Islamic state in the southern Philippines since its establishment in 1978.

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Received by NewsEdge Insight: 12/06/2004 04:47:08