IMT-Mission 12 pays courtesy call to MILF Leadership

Maj.Gen. Datuk Masrani bin Paiman, Head of Mission of the International Monitoring Team (IMT)-Mission 12, together with his contingent paid a courtesy call to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front Leaders, at Camp Darapanan, Sultan kudarat, Maguindanao, April 13, 2017.

Other members of the group  were the, Captain Roslan bin Mohd Yunus RMN-Deputy HoM,  Col. Ayub Khan bin Mohammad Khan RMAF- Chief of Staff,  Supt Abd Latif bin Ibrahim- Chief Operations Officer,  LT Cdr Noorulzaki bin Abdul Rahman RMN- SO Admin/Logistics,  Capt (Dr.) Wan Nuruddin Shah bin Wan Johan- Medical Officer, SSgnt Omar Ali bin Hassan – Close Escort,  Lt Col Abidin bin Timbang – Team Site Leader -1,  Maj. Mhd Nooryasdie bin Yahya – SO2 Ops  IMT HW. 

The visiting contingent was warmly received by MILF Central Committee headed by Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, 1st Vice Chairman Ghazali Jaafar, 2nd Vice Chairman Ali Solaiman ,  Heads of different committees of the Front and Officers of the General Staff, BIAF, MILF.

The welcome address of Chief of Staff Sammy Al Mansour was read for him by his proxy, General Staff Administrative Officer Toks Ebrahim .

Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim gratefully thanked the Malaysian Government and its people for their continued support to the peace process.

“International Monitoring Team is a factor of peace process that plays very important role in sustaining peace in the ground”, Chairman Ebrahim said.

“Before the establishment of the IMT, the peace process was in a very difficult situation, hostilities continue while the negotiation goes on and even in the midst of signing agreement.  But after establishing the IMT in 2003, number of incidents gradually decreased and there were  zero incidents at times, thus spared the distraction from the ground and negotiation went on smoothly until we were able to sign the Comprehensive Agreement on Bangsamoro (CAB) with the facilitation of the government of Malaysia”, he added.

Chairman Ebrahim, assured the peace keepers of MILF’s utmost cooperation for them to be able to do their role as peace makers.  He mentioned though that some incidents happen.  “In particular, one incident poses challenge that occurred just few days ago, the brother of BTC Chairman Ghazali Jaafar was martyred. The victim was suspected by police for criminal activities.  The raid transpired in a nearby area of Lamsan  factory. Reports say the said operation was executed by elements of RSOG (Regional Special Operations Group). The operation was a violation of the coordination mechanism, of both AHJAG and CCCH.  Any member of the MILF suspected by Government for criminal activities, coordination has to be made with AHJAG and CCCH.”

In his final message, Chairman Alhaj Murad Ebrahim expressed gratitude to the IMT. He admitted however that although there are agreements already signed, still more challenges are foreseen in its implementation.  He also mentioned about the BTC’s effort in working hard for the crafting of inclusive law and coping up for the time table of submitting it within the month of May 2017.

In his message MajGen. Bin Paiman considered their visit as a great honor and privilege, and most importantly with the presence of MILF Chair Al Haj Murad.

Addressing the MILF officials at the presidential table as well as his audience,  MajGen. Bin Paiman considered them as great leaders of the Bangsamoro people. His personal view, he said is that the Bangsamoro people require the MILF leadership, a leadership who have the wisdom, vision, the will and the capacity to make things happen, the political solutions that will bring honor to Islam and to the people especially during this critical time whereby peace is in a real sense is just around the corner.

He also said that the IMT-Mission 12 that he heads now including all his subordinates and staff are fully committed to the peace process and play their role as outlined in the IMT’s mandate.

“We are willing to walk extra miles, together with the Bangsamoro people especially the MILF, in order to allow the peace process to be implemented smoothly and subsequently achieve the desired end state, in shaa Allah”, he stressed.