INTRODUCTION: International efforts are being made to end the "forgotten war" -- the four-year-old Moslem rebellion in the jungles of the southern Philippines.
GV Aircraft with Moslem and Filipino rebel delegates taxiing across tarmac - Zamboanga, Philippines
SV Delegates stepping down from aircraft
SV Delegates into bus at airport
SV Village recreation hall on Jolo island
SVs Moslem and rebel delegates boarding military vehicles accompanied by local military commanders (2 shots)
SV Military vehicles moving through village
SV TRACKING SHOT FROM Army vehicle
SV Army commanders getting out of military truck
SV Government troops searching jungle near rendezvous point
SV Rebel delegates leading government military commanders along jungle track as Moslem rebels approach from other direction
SVs Rebel delegates embracing Moslem rebels, watched by government troops (3 shots)
SV Rebels watching from their side of checkpoint
SV Rebel commanders shaking hands with government commander, General Giddaya and other government military leaders
SVs Hundreds of rebel troops watching meeting from side of jungle track as army commanders walk forward (2 shots)
SVs Rebel commanders shaking hands with government army officers (2 shots)
SV General Giddaya speaking to camera (IN ENGLISH)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 16: GIDDAYA: "We share the same views as ...(indistinct)... and now that we have effective contact with the group of ...(indistinct)... we hope that this area, from Jolo to (indistinct) ... will be free of any unusual incidents."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: International efforts are being made to end the "forgotten war" -- the four-year-old Moslem rebellion in the jungles of the southern Philippines. Deep in the heart of wild guerrilla country, four Moslem nations have been supervising a truce between rebels and government forces.
SYNOPSIS: Moslem delegates from Somalia, Senegal, Libya and Saudi Arabia arrived in the Philippines last week (17-18 January) together with a guerrilla representative from the Moro National Liberation Front. The Front, which claims to represent the ten per cent Moslem population, has been fighting a religious war against the predominantly Christian society -- alleging persecution and economic domination. The international referees were almost immediately taken into one of the major war zones -- Jolo Island, at the southern extreme of the Filipino archipelago. Their task -- to supervise the laying down of arms by both sides as a first step towards peace. It was a dangerous task -- with both armies ready to open fire at the slightest hint of trouble.
But the operation was successful. The jungle guerrillas embraced their representative, who led the international delegation to the dawn rendezvous. At one stage a rattle of small-arms fire disturbed the peace, but it was apparently only a challenge. The government delegation was allowed to proceed unhindered after identifying itself. In return, the Filipino authorities had guaranteed the rebels a safe passage to the meeting place. The two sides--more accustomed to meeting in violence -- greeted each other cautiously. The government forces commander, Brigadier-General Ernesto Giddaya, explained why they'd met.