Peace is important for security and stability: IMT Indonesian contingent

Expressing their strong support to Bangsamoro peace process, an Indonesian contingent of the International Monitoring Team (IMT) stressed the importance of peace for the security and stability of the region.

“As members of the IMT, we strongly support this (GPH-MILF) peace process. And we do believe that without peace, there will be no more security, no more stability.” said Muhammad Sahrul Murajjab from IMT Team Site 4 based in General Santos City.

Murajjab, an official of Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, cited how the Government of the Philippine (GPH) and the Bangsamoro, represented by the Moro Islam Liberation Front (MILF), are struggling in maintaining the peace process.

He underscored how essential peace is as a factor for development, economic progress and the empowerment of society.

The guest speaker gave his inspirational message during the 42nd Regional Qur’an Reading Competition – Socsargen Area held in General Santos City on February 20, 2016.

The IMT is one of the peace structures created during the peace negotiations whose presence significantly contributed to the reduction of the number of armed confrontation between the government forces and MILF combatants.

Its main task is to monitor the adherence of the two parties to the ceasefire agreement. The Philippine government and the MILF had agreed to hold ceasefire while the peace talk is in progress.

At present, the IMT is comprised of contingents from Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Libya, and Japan.

Aside from the IMT, other bodies instituted in the course of the peace process are the International Contact Group (ICG) and the Third Party Monitoring Team (TPMT). Foreign diplomats and personalities constitute these peace structures. 

Whenever encounter between the government troops and the MILF forces are reported, the IMT immediately deploy their designated team to verify and investigate.