Peace plan signed in Philippines
15 October 2012 Last updated at 13:16 BST
The Philippines has signed a framework peace agreement with the country's largest Muslim rebel group, which aims to bring to an end the 40-year conflict on the southern island of Mindanao.
The agreement, with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), outlines steps towards the creation of a semi-autonomous Muslim-majority region in the south of the Philippines, a mainly Catholic nation.
Kate McGeown reports.