HomeAsia-Pacific Social Science Reviewvol. 4 no. 2 (2003)

Malaysia's Role in the Peace Negotiations between the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front

Soliman M. Santos Jr.

Discipline: International Relations



The Government of the Republic of the Philippines and Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace negotiations were resumed since March 2001 with Malaysia as third-party facilitator. There was a previous period of GRP-MILF peace negotiations from 1997 to 2000 with no third-party facilitator. The MILF withdrew and the negotiations were effectively suspended in June 2000 at the height of then Philippine President Joseph Ejercito Estrada's "all-out war" against the MILF, which featured the Philippine military's capture of all of the MILF's fixed camps, including its main Camp Abubakar.