Marcos sent his wife Imelda Marcos to Libya in November 1976 to meet Gaddafi. The first lady was accompanied by an entourage of 60 people, including the Minister of Industry, Vicente Paterno. Imelda Marcos` mission was to "stop the aid and support of Only Misuari of the Moro National Liberation Front."  Their efforts have paid off; Representatives of the Philippine government and the MNLF met at the negotiating table in December 1976. 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. "It`s no longer the mother`s agreement," Marcos said at the press conference. The 2001 Tripoli Agreement cited the 1997 ceasefire agreement the 1976 Tripoli Agreement and the 1996 Jakarta Agreement between the Philippine government and the MNLF, as well as an OIC resolution calling on the government and MILF to "immediately end armed hostilities and continue peace talks to find a peaceful solution to the problem in Mindanao." The declaration of martial law by President Ferdinand Marcos in September 1972 contributed to the continuation of the Moro conflict with Abul Khayr Alonto and Jallaludin Santos, who founded the Moro National Liberation Front with Nur Misuari as president the same year.  With the MNLF receiving support from Malaysia and Libya, Marcos Muammar al-Gaddafi proposed a lucrative oil deal in exchange for withdrawing support for the MNLF via Malaysia; Misuari brought him to the negotiating table in 1976.
 The 1976 Tripoli Agreement is considered a "mother convention" on the autonomy of the Moro people, as it was the first time that autonomy was granted to a revolutionary group fighting for independence, on parts of Mindanao and Palawan that were formerly under the sultanates of Sulu and Maindguanao and Lanao del Surs Pat a Pangongamp. Under the leadership of Fidel V. Ramos, the government and MNLF signed the final peace agreement in Jakarta, Indonesia, in 1996.  He allowed qualified MNLF members to join the Philippine Armed Forces and the Philippine National Police and founded the Southern Philippines Council for Peace and Development, dominated by the MNLF.