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Manila and Muslim rebel group sign peace pact, witnesses include Malaysia’s PM Najib

Published on Mar 27, 2014 5:39 PM

THE Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Thursday signed a pact to end one of Asia’s longest and deadliest insurgencies, with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak leading dozens of foreign dignitaries as witnesses.

The five-page “Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (Muslim nation)” concludes 17 years of negotiations that spanned five Philippine presidents and three Malaysian prime ministers.

It ends a war that has torn the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, a conflict that has spread to Malaysia’s shores as refugees from Mindanao sought shelter in Sabah state.

In his speech, Philippine President Benigno Aquino warned "spoilers" who seek to derail the agreement.

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