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Philippines, Muslim rebels sign peace pact

Published on Oct 15, 2012 3:04 PM

MANILA (AFP/AP) - Muslim rebels waging a four-decade insurgency in the Philippines signed a historic pact with the government on Monday to end the conflict, but both sides warned the road to peace had only just begun.

President Benigno Aquino and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief Murad Ebrahim witnessed the signing of the accord, which aims for a final peace pact by 2016, in a landmark ceremony at the presidential palace in Manila.

"I come in peace and to forge a partnership of peace on the basis of the framework agreement between the MILF and the Philippine government," Mr Murad said in a speech at the palace just ahead of the signing.

"We extend the hand of friendship and partnership to the president and Filipino people".

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