- In March, Malaysia helped secure a comprehensive agreement in the Southern Philippines, ending a conflict which claimed 150,000 lives and denying Al Qaeda and its affiliates a possible foothold in that region. We have rejected religious extremism, by establishing a Global Movement of Moderates.
- Malaysian contingent of the International Monitoring Team has contributed to lasting peace in the Southern Philippines. Malaysia is honoured to have played its part in this process. We wish for nothing more than peace and prosperity for our brothers and sisters – in Bangsamoro, and in the Philippines.
- This peace process has strengthened the bond of trust between our countries. Malaysia will remain in our role as the Third Party Facilitator, and will continue working through the International Monitoring Team in Mindanao.
Malaysia brokered the historic peace agreement between the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which was signed on October 15, 2012. This agreement paved the road for lasting peace in Mindanao, outlining a blueprint to a final peace settlement by 2016.
This will bring an end to one of Asia’s longest-running insurgencies, which has seen more than 40 years of conflict in Mindanao. In brokering the deal, both sides displayed moderation, tolerance and understanding – values that I am continuing to promote globally through the Movement of the Moderates.
Malaysia will continue to play the role of facilitator to ensure sustainability of the peace deal.
- 2012 – The two parties sign a peace deal. They commit to establish a new autonomous political entity called Bangsamoro, replacing the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III and I agree to draw up development plans for the region, and further strengthen bilateral ties.
- 2001 – Malaysia takes on the role as mediator of the Mindanao peace process, leading to Malaysia heading the International Monitoring Team in 2004.