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Japan supports Philippines position of settling territorial dispute on West Philippine Sea through diplomatic, peaceful means

Posted On 2012 Nov 08
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VIENTIANE, Lao PDR – President Benigno S. Aquino III joins fellow Heads of State / Government for the traditional Group Photo Session at the main lobby of the National Convention Centre for the 9th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM9) on Monday (November 05). At the summit, President Aquino will exchange views with counterparts from the two regions on the Eurozone crisis, trade and investment facilitation, energy and food security, disaster management, counter-terrorism, migration, and regional issues, among others. The President will also highlight the country’s accomplishments in good governance and inclusive growth, while calling for an enhanced Asia-Europe economic partnership in the face of global economic and financial uncertainties. ASEM is a dialogue process started in 1996 with the main objective of forging a comprehensive partnership between Asia and Europe. It is currently composed of 48 partners – all 10 ASEAN countries, 9 other Asian countries, the 27 member states of the European Union, the European Commission and the ASEAN Secretariat. The Philippines is a founding partner of ASEM. (MNS photo)

VIENTIANE, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Nov 6 (Mabuhay) -– The Philippines can now count on Japan as an ally in its stand that the best and only way to settle the territorial dispute on the West Philippine Sea is through diplomatic and peaceful means following international law.

Japan now joins Norway, Switzerland, the European Council and the European Commission in supporting the Philippines on its stand concerning this highly contested “body of water.”

In a meeting with the media delegation who covered his attendance to the 9thAsia-Europe Meeting being held here from November 5 to 6 late Monday night, President Benigno S. Aquino III said Japan threw its support on the Philippines’ position during a bilateral meeting between the two countries at the sidelines of the Summit.

“Pareho namang nagkaroon ng reaffirmation na gusto natin ng peaceful solution. For both ends, talaga namang sinusubukan nating i-deescalate ang situation,” the President said.

He added that he would bring up the issue of the West Philippine Sea when member countries of ASEM9 convene for the second session of the plenary meeting on Tuesday.

Earlier, Presidential Communication and Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma, Jr. said that during bilateral meetings with Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, Swiss Confederation President Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, European Council Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Varroso, the four leaders were for the Philippines’ position to resolve disputes in the area peacefully and following international law.

“In particular, Switzerland and the EU and in part Norway indicated their firm support to our position that conflicts or disputes in that area are to be resolved peacefully and following international laws and in particular there is firm support for an ASEAN-centric approach which has always been the position of President Aquino considering four out of the 10 member states of ASEAN have specific stakes in the West Philippine Sea,” he stressed.

“Therefore the only logical approach to any conflict resolution will have to be multilateral and involving all stakeholders therein,” Coloma said. (MNS)

Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III focuses on the cultural presentation during the Gala Dinner hosted by Lao People’s Democratic Republic President Choummaly Sayasone and spouse Keosaychay Sayasone, at the Gala Dinner Hall, Don Chan Palace Hotel on Monday night (November 05, 2012) for the 9th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM9). At the summit, President Aquino will exchange views with counterparts from the two regions on the Eurozone crisis, trade and investment facilitation, energy and food security, disaster management, counter-terrorism, migration, and regional issues, among others.(MNS photo)

VIENTIANE, Lao PDR – President Benigno S. Aquino III greets European Council President Herman Van Rompuy during the trilateral meeting at the Villa European Council, ASEM Villa at the sidelines of the 9th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM9) on Monday (November 05). The three leaders discussed the progress that the Philippines has made in addressing the European Union’s concern on the country’s maritime training and certification system, as well as the Philippine’s compliance with air safety standards. Bilateral dialogues with the Philippines have included periodic reviews of political, economic and co-operation issues in the framework of regular Senior Officials Meetings. The EU is a major trade and investment partner of the Philippines, with two-way trade amounting to billions per year. European companies have also been significant investors in the Philippines over the long-term, whether in the banking, industrial or service sectors. In 2011, investments from EU reached 33.3 billion pesos, primarily coming from the Netherlands, the United Kingdom (UK), France and Germany. As of 2011, there are 746,701 Filipinos living and working in Europe. Around 25% of Filipino seafarers abroad are employed by European-flagged vessels. (MNS photo)

VIENTIANE, Lao PDR – Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III converses with Swiss Confederation President Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf during the bilateral meeting at the Villa 9, ASEM Villa at the sidelines of the 9th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM9) on Monday (November 05, 2012). The two leaders exchanged views on various bilateral issues such as the Human Rights Compensation Bill, cooperation in disaster risk reduction and management, and economic cooperation. (MNS photo)

06noy10.jpg — VIENTIANE, Lao PDR – President Benigno S. Aquino III converses with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda during the bilateral meeting at the Dok Chik Room of the National Convention Centre at the sidelines of the 9th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM9) on Monday (November 05). Japan continues to be the Philippines’ top source of official development assistance (ODS). Japan’s assistance, through loans, grants and technical cooperation covers a wide range of areas, including public works, socio-economic infrastructure, transportation and communications, agriculture and capability-building among many others.(MNS photo)

VIENTIANE, Lao PDR – President Benigno S. Aquino III is welcomed by Lao People’s Democratic Republic Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong upon arrival at the main lobby of the National Convention Centre for the 9th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM9) on Monday (November 05). At the summit, President Aquino will exchange views with counterparts from the two regions on the Eurozone crisis, trade and investment facilitation, energy and food security, disaster management, counter-terrorism, migration, and regional issues, among others. The President will also highlight the country’s accomplishments in good governance and inclusive growth, while calling for an enhanced Asia-Europe economic partnership in the face of global economic and financial uncertainties. ASEM is a dialogue process started in 1996 with the main objective of forging a comprehensive partnership between Asia and Europe. It is currently composed of 48 partners – all 10 ASEAN countries, 9 other Asian countries, the 27 member states of the European Union, the European Commission and the ASEAN Secretariat. The Philippines is a founding partner of ASEM. (MNS photo)

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