Talks that opened in Libya on Wednesday (9 February) should bring a successful conclusion to attempts to end the "forgotten war" in the jungles of the southern Philippines.
GV INTERIOR: delegates arriving and taking seats. (2 shots)
MV: Dr. Ali Treiki Libyan Minister of State for Foreign affairs speaking.
CU: Philippine government representative Mr. Carmelo Barbero and Mr. Nuri Mesuari, leader of the Moro Liberation Front delegation (2 shots)
Dr. Treiki and Libyan party PAN TO Mr. Barbero speaking (2 shots)
CU: Mr. Barbero PULL BACK AND PAN DOWN delegates around table and Mr. Mesuari speaking. (3 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: MR. BARBERO: "When ceasefire was declared there are no more shooting, and as witnessed by representatives of the Islamic conference, a joint committee.... ceasefire committee, composed of representatives of the Philippine government and of the MLF are supervising the implementation of the ceasefire, and I am sure, your excellencies, that you must have received reports of the sincerity and good faith of both sides in the implementation of the ceasefire order.
SEQ. 5: MR. MESUARI: "At the outset allow me to convey the thanks and gratitude of our people in the central committee of the Moro National Liberation Front, excellencies, for your great effort in ensuring the successful implementation of our ceasefire agreement last December."
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Background: Talks that opened in Libya on Wednesday (9 February) should bring a successful conclusion to attempts to end the "forgotten war" in the jungles of the southern Philippines. For four years Moslem rebels in the southern islands fought the rest of the mainly Christian country for recognition of Moslem minority rights - but last December in the Moslem country of Libua, half way across the world, the two sides agreed to a ceasefire on the grounds that an autonomous Moslem region would be created in the southern Philippines within Philippine national sovereignty. The present talks, which are expected to last a month, are to work out the technical details of last December's agreement. Islamic conference officials and a four nation committee from Libua, Saudi Arabia, Senegal and Somalia attended the talks which began on Wednesday - as well as representatives of the Philippine government and the Moslem Moro National Liberation Front.
SYNOPSIS: Representatives of the four Moslem countries helped supervise the ceasefire which was agreed in December. After this opening address by the Libyan Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ali Treiki, both the Philippine government representative, Mr. Carmelo Barbero, and the Moro Liberation Front representative, Mr. Nuri Mesuari, spoke of the ceasefire's success - first Mr. Barbero.