Depart of State’s Statement on the Signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro

Today in Manila, representatives of the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed the comprehensive agreement on the Bangsamoro, or CAB, a historic milestone that will pave the way to end the violence that has plagued the southern Philippines for decades.

We welcome this development and commend both sides, along with the Malaysian Government, which facilitated the negotiations for their persistence and determination in reaching this agreement. The United States fully supports the ongoing peace and reconciliation process, and we encourage all parties to continue their efforts to ensure a future of peace, prosperity, and stability in the southern Philippines.

[NOTE: This statement is part of the Daily Press Briefing by State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf on March 27, 2014. You can view the full briefing transcript here.]