Philippine Muslim rebels vow to continue armed struggle until final peace pact is reached

The leader of the Philippines' largest Muslim rebel group says it won't give up its armed struggle until a final peace settlement with the government is reached.

The government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed a preliminary peace pact last October in a breakthrough toward ending more than 40 years of violence that has killed tens of thousands of people and held back progress in the resource-rich but poverty-wracked southern Philippines. Negotiations, however, still face hurdles in the areas of power, revenue and wealth-sharing by the two sides.

Rebel leader Al Haj Murad Ebrahim told a conference in Malaysia on Wednesday that any delay will set back peace efforts and that his group's armed struggle will continue until a final pact is reached.