Tuesday, 8 March 2016

MAF team departs for Philippines on March 6 to monitor ceasefire with MILF

IMT plays an important role in monitoring ceasefire between the Philippine Government and the MILF. Source: Rappler

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian International Monitoring Team - Mindanao 11 (IMT–M11) will depart for Mindanao in the Philippines on March 6 and 13 to continue monitoring and overseeing the ceasefire between the Philippines government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) chief Jen Tan Sri Roslan Saad told a press conference on March 4 that the team, comprising of 16 personnel will be in Mindanao for 12 months.

"The sending of IMT-M11 is a continuation of the IMT-M10 which has been serving there for 12 months since March 14, 2015.

"This new team will be led by Maj-Gen Datuk Wira Zamrose Mohd Zain in two groups," Roslan said at Wisma Tanjung, here.

He said the first team will depart by commercial aircraft with the mission chief and four officers on March 6.

Meanwhile, he added that the second team will depart on March 13 on the C130H aircraft.

He said, besides Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, Japan and Norway will also be sending teams to monitor the ceasefire.

"However, Malaysia is a lead agency in this operations," he said, adding that the IMT-M10 will end their service in Mindanao on March 14.

The IMT was first established on Aug, 24 2004 to monitor the ceasefire between the Philippines government and the MILF. (The Sun Daily)

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