Malaysia wants progress in Mindanao

Oct. 4, 2007 at 7:28 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Malaysia will extend its peace monitoring in the Philippines but wants to see progress in the truce talks with Muslim rebels there, a senior leader said.

Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Thursday in Kuala Lumpur that the Philippines government and the Mindanao rebels need to resolve their problems soon, the Malaysia Star reported.

The monitors, made up of mostly Malaysian soldiers, have been overseeing a four-year cease-fire between the Philippines army and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the report said.

“Their service will be extended but the extension cannot be indefinite. We want to see progress in the talks,” Najib was quoted as telling reporters.

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