Palace paving way for Misuari’s Jeddah trip

Jul. 11, 2007

MANILA — Malacanang assured today the Saudi Arabian government that Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Chairman Nur Misuari shall be provided with unarmed security personnel during his trip to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to attend the three-party peace talks among representatives of the Philippines, the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) and the MILF.

This was according to Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita who also said during his weekly press briefing that the Philippine government is still waiting for official confirmation from the Indonesian embassy in Manila that the tripartite meeting will push trough as scheduled on July 17 or 18.

Ermita said Misuari will not be allowed to stay longer than necessary in Jeddah as provided by “terms of reference” to be submitted to the Saudi government through the OIC.

The Executive Secretary said that Misuari has assured the government that he would remain true to his commitment he had made before the court that allowed him to leave the country to attend the tripartite meeting.

Ermita warned that the government will take action against Misuari if he violates the terms of his temporary leave from detention as required by the court.

Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 59 had granted Misuaris petition for leave from temporary detention to attend the tripartite meeting. The court also allowed him to make a pilgrimage trip to the Holy Mosque in Mecca and Medina as long as it would be within the scheduled date of leave.

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