During the negotiations, Marcos noted in his diary that Misuari and Libyan diplomat Ali Treki have repeatedly insisted that “all Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan be organized in the same region. But they are prepared to put that to a referendum.  Marcos was inclined to accept, as he felt that “Palawan, the three Davaos, the two Surigaos, the two Agusans, Southern Cotabato, Bukidnon, the two Misamis, possibly Lanao del Norte, Zamboanga del Norte and others did not want to be admitted to the autonomous region of Muslims. The day before the agreement was signed, negotiations were stalled and Gaddafi asked Imelda Marcos to return to Libya to speed up the talks. Imelda succeeded by telephone in persuading the Libyan head of state to accept the Philippine president`s proposal to “submit the issue of autonomy to the Philippine constitutional process” for the thirteen provinces. The agreement was signed the next day. Among the mediators of the agreement were members of the four-page ministerial committee of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, headed by Ali Abdussalam Treki, representing Muammar Gaddafi, head of the host country, and the secretary general of the OIC, Amadou Karim Gaye.  Other members of the Quadrangle Ministerial Committee included, in addition to Treki, representatives from Saudi Arabia, Senegal and Somalia.  The two heads of state agreed to resurrect relations and reopen consulates. The agreement calls for a ban on the use of the territory of the two countries for hostile actions and the reception of the rebels between them. Libya intends to monitor the agreement to end hostile press campaigns and support for militant groups. However, Muammar Gaddafi called on the leaders of each country to continue discussions on resolving the cause of the tensions.
As the first peace agreement between the Philippine government and a Moro rebel group, the Tripoli agreement was only a small step, but he hoped it would be an important step in the right direction – towards lasting peace in Bangsamoro, then throughout Mindanao and finally throughout the country. Unfortunately, the agreement has launched a long peace process on the wrong foot and for the wrong reasons.