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The passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law by the Congress of the Philippines and its subsequent signing by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte represents an opportunity for the Filipino people to embrace peace and stability after decades of strife.
It comes after 21 years of formal talks after the first ceasefire agreement between the Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. It underlines both parties’ commitment to peace and their ability to tackle a variety of complex matters through a comprehensive and inclusive law.
All those involved in the negotiation and adoption of this law have undertaken important work to bring stability and well-being to the people of Mindanao.
The EU remains a staunch supporter of the Mindanao Peace Process and is prepared to support the implementation of the Bangsamoro Organic Law in the future, in view of long-lasting peace, development and prosperity in Mindanao and for the Filipino people.