MILF chief peace negotiator Mohager Iqbal, right, and Jun Mantawil, the MILF’s peace panel secretariat, at the organization’s political headquarters outside Cotabato City, Philippines. After MILF chairman Salamat Hashim died in August 2003, Al Haj Murad assumed leadership of the secessionist front while Iqbal replaced the former military commander as chief peace panelist. Peace negotiations have been bogged down by disagreements over the withdrawal of government military forces from MILF territories, but are expected to resume in 2004.

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