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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE: Renewing Commitment for Dialogue and Solidarity

Peace is possible.

As we celebrate the International Day of Peace, today September 21, we continue to hope that the collective action for peace will bring about changes in the lives of the peoples. Conflict continues to persist in various parts of the world.

In the Philippines, we commemorate the suppression, arrests and detention of those who openly opposed the Marcos dictatorship, 37 years ago when Martial Law was declared.

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DIALOGUE IS THE WAY: Reconvene, Resume Peace Talks Now

There is no other path to peace but dialogue.

We welcome the move of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front Peace Panels (MILF) to reconvene and reach consensus points on the mechanism on the protection of non combatants in armed conflict, as well as sustain the government’s Suspension of Military Operations (SOMO) and the Suspension of Military Action (SOMA) of the MILF.

While it is long overdue, we believe that opening and sustaining the space for dialogue and consensus building will lead to the peaceful resolution of the age old conflict in Mindanao.

The Initiatives for International Dialogue fully support the effort of both the GRP and MILF to sit down and complete the preparation for the resumption of the talks.

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