Peace talks between Filipino Moslem rebels and the government of president Ferdinand Marcos have been postponed.
SV PAN Surrendering MNLF (More National Liberation Front) members enter, Malacanang Palace in Manila, Philippines.
SV INT President Ferdinand Marcos shakes hands with Jamil Lucman military leader of MNLF.
CU PAN FROM Jamil Lucman speaking into microphone TO President and Mrs Marcos applauding. (2 SHOTS)
SV Marcos speaking in English declaring amnesty for Lucman and his followers.
SV & CU Officers applaud as Marcos embraces Lucman.
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Background: Peace talks between Filipino Moslem rebels and the government of president Ferdinand Marcos have been postponed. They were to have been held on Friday (5 September). However, the Islamic Conference, which backs the rebels, asked for a postponement. President Marcos accepted this, but urged that the talks resume as soon as possible. In Manila on Tuesday (2 September) the postponement was announced in a ceremony accepting the surrender of one of the leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), who are fighting for secession in the south of the country.
SYNOPSIS: Jamil Lucman, a military leader of the MNLF led a group of his supporters to surrender at the Malacanang Palace. President Marcos granted Mr. Lucman and his followers amnesty. He also appointed Mr. Lucman to a government post in the south, as part of a move to appease rebel demands for autonomy. The surrender marks the end of Mr. Lucman's eight year fight for the MNLF, who want self-rule in the Mindanao region 800 Kilometres (500 miles), south of Manila.
Mr. Lucman and his followers pledged co-operation and unity with the government to try to find a solution to the problem. When granting amnesty for the rebels, President Marcos revealed he had agreed to postpone peace talks in Jakarta between his government and the Moslem separatists. The 42-member Islamic conference, wants the postponement to organise negotiators from the Moro Front leaders.
President Marcos is anxious to settle the dispute and wants the peace talks held as soon as possible. Martial law is still in force in Mindanao, and the President says he won't lift it until a settlement is reached.
The significance of Mr. Lucman's surrender on the resolve of the rebels has yet to become clear.