IMT Batch 10 Malaysian contingents make exit call to MILF, new batch coming

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Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao -The Malaysian contingents of the International Monitoring Team Batch 10 (IMT-10) made an exit call to the leadership of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) last Saturday, March 12 in Camp Darapanan, this town, as their tour of duty as peace monitors is about to end and with a new batch coming.

In a simple but memorable exit meeting, the departing IMT members and MILF leaders exchanged thanks for the mutual support bestowed to each other in their common will to end the decades of conflict in Mindanao through the Bangsamoro peace process.

Welcoming the departing peace monitors in the gathering, MILF Chairman AL Haj Murad Ebrahim, commended the participation of the IMT in the quest for lasting peace in Mindanao.

“The deployment of the IMT is very important in the peace process,” Murad said.

Since 2003, the IMT members, whose major role is monitoring the implementation of the ceasefire agreement between the government and the MILF, have been deployed in Mindanao.

Contingents from Malaysia, Brunei, Libya, Indonesia, Norway and Japan comprise the international monitoring body whose presence in the ground made a remarkable decrease in the incidents of armed confrontation between the government troops and MILF combatants.

“Even in the implementation process, we still see the importance of the deployment of the IMT in order to ensure that the agreement will be implemented,” Murad said.

He cited how the presence of the peace monitors creates a peaceful atmosphere conducive for the peace negotiations.

“In behalf of the MILF and the Bangsamoro, we would like to extend our warm congratulations to the outgoing IMT-10 for the successful tour of duty,” Chairman Murad said.

On his part, Sammy Al Mansoor, Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) Chief of Staff, said, “It is very difficult to say goodbye to this kind of individuals who sacrificed their lives in order to restore the just peace in the Bangsamoro homeland.”

Speaking on behalf of the IMT-10 contingents, the outgoing Head of Mission Major General Sheikh Dato Mokhsin Bin Sheikh Hassan extended his gratitude to the leadership of the MILF.

“I wish to express my sincere appreciation for the support, cooperation, hospitality, (and) brotherhood that have been extended to us by the MILF,” he said.

Maj Gen Hassan informed the MILF leaders that Malaysian Maj Gen Dato Wira Zamrose Bin Mohammad Zain will take over as IMT-11 Head of Mission by March 14 this year.

The MILF leaders distributed plaques of appreciation and commendation to the departing IMT-10 Malaysian contingents.

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