UN approves Philippines proposal on peaceful resolution of disputes


NEW YORK—A United Nations (UN) special committee has approved the Philippine’s proposal that called on all countries to settle disputes peacefully.

The approval was an important step forward in the UN’s continuing pursuit for a peaceful, secure and stable world, Philippine Permanent Representative to the UN Libran Cabactulan said of the Special Committee on the UN Charter’s decision.

“That consensus was achieved on the language of this draft GA (general assembly) resolution indicates the full awareness of all Member States of the United Nations about our individual obligation to settle disputes in a peaceful manner and the collective desire of all to maintain peaceful inter-state relations,” Cabactulan said in a statement issued last March 6.

“The consensus also demonstrates the recognition accorded by the international community to the Manila Declaration as a landmark document on the peaceful settlement of international disputes,” he added.

“Most importantly, the consensus language reiterates the call to all States to observe and promote in good faith the Manila Declaration in the peaceful settlement of their international disputes,” he also said.

The Manila Declaration on the Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes also known as UN Resolution 37/10 was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1982. It is considered the first important instrument of the work of the Special Committee on the Charter of the UN and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization, and one of its significant achievements.

Last February, Cabactulan said UN member countries need to abide by and renew their pledge to these commitments. “Otherwise we go against the raison d’etre as members of the United Nations, he said.

In his March 6 statement, the Philippine Permanent Representative said “The Manila Declaration and its provisions on the peaceful settlement of international disputes — remains as relevant today as it did thirty years ago.”

He added the Philippines will undertake several commemorative activities at the UN as well as in Manila, as stated by Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario in November 2011.

In that statement, Secretary del Rosario said the Philippines will hold events in Manila and at its United Nations missions, particularly in New York, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations of the Manila Declaration to highlight the importance the Philippines gives to the peaceful settlement of international disputes.

“The Manila Declaration and the peaceful settlement of international disputes are important in helping make our world safer and more secure,” del Rosario said.

“A peaceful and stable world is important to all nations,” adding that, “For the Philippines, it is of even greater importance, for global peace can contribute to assuring the safety and welfare of Filipinos.”

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  • sharkbaittt

    good are the intention it might be, its the only option for the Philippines, there is no way it could go head to head with its disputes.


      Atleast not for now

      • sharkbaittt

        not in the near future either


        the future is uncertain my friend.

      • sharkbaittt

        vice versa

  • Ily Neems

    He added the Philippines will undertake several commemorative activities at the UN as well as in Manila, as stated by Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario in November 2011.
    You mean 2012, I suppose?

  • sonic91

    Now, give back the freedom of the moro lands. 

    • Matt Anthony

      What freedom of moro? in your dream….

      • mark_john21

        Are you feeding racism?

    • Philippines

      you’re mindanao is not solely owned by the moro people. there are a lot of lumads who owned the land as well. you don’t have the right to claim mindanao your own. Mind you, I am a Mindanaoan by birth.

      Besides, you can’t even properly govern your own land where the poorest of the poor lives, and the marginalized of the Filipino citizen resides where your datus are spending the money lavishly the government has allotted. Cotabato City is the dirties city I’ve ever been too, not minding the bombings everywhere. Without the Oblates, you couldn’t have the NDU the dxMS, Krislamville etc. While Cotabato province, which is ruled mostly by Christian, is now a first class province, Maguindanao is one of the poorest provinces in the country. The only first class municipality in this province is Upi, which is a haven for tri-people, the lumads, Christian and the Muslims, and is ruled by Christian, an ex-seminarian Ramon Piang Sr.

      What happened to ARMM? Were there progress since it started? Ask yourself first before you claim your so-called “own” land.

  • Mang Teban

    Manila Declaration adopted in 1982 by the UN and, after 30 years (2012), the consensus of the UN member-states is to approve the LANGUAGE of the DRAFT of the General Assembly resolution, it seems to me nothing but diplomatic doublespeak.

    Does it mean that, after 30 years, the consensus of the “language of a draft resolution” is already an accomplishment?  Hello, Philippine Permanent Representative to the UN?
    Diplomat Libran Cabactulan, should we be proud of this? Is the UN still relevant for the Philippines?

    No wonder the United Nations prefer airstrikes than talk, talk, talk.
    Besides, we have only one international dispute – the Spratly islands issue. Can we really believe that a peaceful settlement is possible with the giant bully claimant China?
    Big Question Mark.

  • i_am_filipino

    Dont panic people because soon, the SPRATLY island will be ours. It is bought by US from Spain long time ago.

  • Hikot Global Online

    I want to  GIVE A

    The Philippine Islands prior to the invasion of SPAIN is
    owned by the lumads.. that includes Igorot, Mansak, tiruray, Manobo, Subnanon
    & Madaya in Mindanao

    Muslim or Islam missionary from Arabian nation introduce islam
    to Malaysia and Indonesia and both of them Invaded or simply make an expedition
    to the Islands now called the Philippines.

    MORO or muslims are not the original settles of Mindanao but
    SUBANON and MANDAYA so how comes the MOROS will claim of their land.. as they
    are just a mere invader like Spain, USA and Britain?

    RESPECT the Aboriginals of the Country.. they are the lowly
    tribe.. the Subanon in Mindanao.. Subanon are the original settlers, the lumad
    of Mindanao and not Muslims.. Muslims do not have MORO land because they just invade
    islands in Mindanao..

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