The Secretary General conveyed to the Foreign Minister of the Philippines that the MNLF with all its factions and commanders have on several occasions declared that, they are on the side of combating terrorism. They wish to cooperate with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) in reaching this common objective. The secretary General encouraged the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the MNLF to jointly combine efforts for closer cooperation and coordination.
In his reply, the Secretary General referred to the suspension of the military operations (SOMO) which was declared by Her Excellency President Gloria Maacapagal-Arroyo during the visit of the OIC mission in 2005 and which was extended indefinitely during that visit.
The Secretary General expressed his believe that the OIC can play a constructive role in restoring calm and confidence after the devastating military operations in Sulu. He reiterated his offer to extend the helping hand in confidence building and restoring stability which is so much needed in order to continue the peace process.
Ambassador El-Masri added that the Secretary General proposed to the GRP to consider receiving a small team of military experts from the OIC to visit the area for assessment purposes.