Balancing peace in southern Philippines -- 12 august 2008

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Witnessed: 2048 veces

Regions: Philippines

Issues: Armed conflict, Refugees

Tags: Philippines, refugees, separatists, South

More than 100,000 people have fled their homes following renewed fighting in the southern Philippines between government troops and MILF rebels.

There has been controversy in the region over a deal to expand a Muslim autonomous zone there, but which was blocked by the courts last week.

Al Jazeera's Marga Ortigas explains the fragile peace that hangs in the balance in North Cotabato province.

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