Monday, November 28, 2011

Intl team to start probe of Basilan clash Nov. 29

The Malaysia-led International Monitoring Team (IMT) will start on Tuesday its investigation into the October 18 clash where at least 19 soldiers were killed in Basilan.

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said the IMT will check not just the security aspect or ceasefire-related issues but also civilian protection and human rights.

"The formal probe will start on November 29 and will wind up on December 5," the MILF said in an article posted on its website.

At least 19 members of the Special Forces were killed during an eight-hour encounter with MILF forces led by Commander Laksaw “Dan” Asnawi.

Members of the MILF and government Coordinating Committees on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCHs) will accompany the IMT but not as an active participants.

"Both the MILF and government CCCHs are not perceived to be impartial, even if they want to, because they represent the MILF and government, respectively," the MILF said. - VVP, GMA News
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November 28, 2011 10:20am

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