IMT 12 assumes as GPH-MILF ceasefire monitor

  • March 16, 2017

COTABATO CITY Mar. 16, 2017 (PIA) –The one-year stint as peace monitors of the Malaysian led International Monitoring Team-11 (IMT-11) ended  on March 14, 2017.

The outgoing IMT-11 led by Maj. Major Gen. Datuk Wira Zamrose relinquished the post to Major General Masrani Paiman, head of the incoming IMT 12 during the turnover ceremony here witnessed by top military and police officials, local leaders and media.

The IMT’s primary task is to monitor adherence and compliance by both the government troops and MILF armed forces to the existing ceasefire agreement between the GPH and the MILF in the ongoing peace negotiations. It also monitors implementation of socio-economic and humanitarian and development programs in conflict-affected areas by government and donor-countries.

Gen. Paiman said ensuring compliance by both the government and the MILF to the ceasefire agreement is a challenge to the incoming IMT 12.

 “It is very important for me to be here now and to make sure that there is no violation in the ceasefire between the MILF and the armed forces. As long as the peace process is going on very smoothly I think I have achieved my mission,” said incoming IMT 12 head of mission Gen. Paiman.

On issue of possible lapses, Paiman said, the policy in the operation  and resolution of issues and challenges in the course of  their performance of the IMT mandates is dependent on the head of mission.

“I have received reports about them, and I think they have done their job very well, and of course as the head of the mission I think the conduct of the whole operation will be quite different it all depends on the head of the mission.”  Major General Paiman said when asked if there are any lapses to correct in the previous IMT team.

Outgoing IMT-M11, Major General Zamrose shared the lessons he learned during their mission, citing coordination is very vital most especially at the ground level.

“ As you are aware last year we conducted a few coordination meeting. We sat down with the MILF-CCCH(Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities). We sat down with the GPH-CCCH. We sat down with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, with the police and also with the local agencies in order to coordinate so that at the top level it is well coordinated, but the most important thing is at the ground level, planning is one thing, but when you execute it is another thing, it must be well coordinated at the ground level.” he said. (LTOBolongon/PBChangco-PIA Cotabato City)

 


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