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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, top center, listens to his Norwegian counterpart Jens Stoltenberg, top left, as Laotian President Choummaly Sayasone, bottom left, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, bottom center, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, bottom right, and Slovenian Prime Minster Janez Jansa join them for a family photo before the opening ceremony for the Asem Summit in Vientiane, Laos, Monday. AP PHOTO

VIENTIANE, Laos—In meetings on Monday with President Benigno Aquino III, leaders of the European Union (EU), Switzerland and Norway declared support for an Asean approach to the territorial disputes in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

Secretary Herminio Coloma of the Presidential Communications Operations Office told reporters that the European leaders indicated their support for a peaceful resolution of the territorial conflicts based on international law, which is the same as the Philippine position.

But any meeting with China, which is claiming nearly all of the West Philippine Sea, is not on Mr. Aquino’s schedule, Coloma said.

Aside from the Philippines and China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei also have claims to parts of the sea.

Mr. Aquino is also expected to mention the matter when he addresses the Asia-Europe summit and is likely to discuss the territorial dispute during bilateral talks with the leader of Japan on Tuesday, Coloma said. Japan also has simmering tensions with China due to conflicting claims to East China Sea islets.

“There was an agreement that it is a matter of international interest considering that a significant amount of world trade passes through that body of water. And in particular, Switzerland and the EU, and to some extent also Norway, indicated their firm support for the Philippines in terms of our position that conflicts or disputes in that area are to be resolved peacefully and follow international law,” Coloma said.

“And in particular, there is firm support for an Asean-centric approach, which has always been the position of President Aquino considering that four out of the 10-member states of Asean have specific stakes in the West Philippine Sea,” he added.

China has taken the position that territorial disputes should be settled bilaterally.

President Aquino had trilateral meetings with Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council, and Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission.

He also held bilateral talks with Norway Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and Swiss Confederation President Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf.

Coloma said the EU officials told Mr. Aquino that concerns about the Philippine aviation industry were technical and not political.

Philippine carriers have been banned from the European Union following the poor assessment by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) of the country’s aviation safety measures.

“It was emphasized by the President of the European Commission… that these are technical issues—technical issues involving safety standards and these are not political issues. And we acknowledge that we are addressing the technical concerns and that we are moving positively in the direction of addressing and resolving all of those concerns,” Coloma said.

The Philippines was assured that it would get “every measure of support” in meeting international safety standards, he said.

“Definitely, the present restrictions on our Philippine carriers would not promote the idea of increased tourist traffic between Europe and the Philippines. And so we would like to see an early resolution of the concerns of the ICAO and similar bodies like the US Federal Aviation Administration,” Coloma said.

Originally posted: 9:02 pm | Monday, November 5th, 2012


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  • PurpleDaisy13

    Lourda, didn’t you state the following earlier?

    “Philippine Archipelagos was not created by the Spaniards”

    Yes you did…in which you had also specified the term “Philippines”

    Any time you use the term “Philippines”, it invites the word created by Spaniards that define the random Austronesian islands they had invaded, conquered, and named for themselves as their CREATION and sovereignty since the early 1500s.

    Is that understood Lourda?

    If you wanted to say it properly…you should have said..

    “Philippine Archipelagos was not geologically created by the Spaniards”

    Then, I would have agreed that Spaniards could not have had the capacity to naturally create the geological characteristics of the Philippine Archipelagos.

    Unfortunately, your English vocabulary is poor and could not have considered using the word “geologically”.

    Instead, you tried to evade your mistake by omitting “Philippines” in your following statement:

    No man can created those Achilpels that is the nature

    Give up Lourda, you cannot escape your blunders by manipulating your statements afterwards to fall in your favor.

    “grabeh”

    You’re corrupt and should just give up Lourda.  You’re finished here.

  • lourda

    Oh com’n PurpleDaisy13 a puppet and a Dummie of China…inililigaw mo naman eh. And if my english are so poor so what! for me it is not a Shame the most important is that I can voice out my point of view either in english, greek, deutsch or spanish kahit papaano but, FILIPINO pa rin ako, kahit saan man ako mapunta, at tinatayuan ko iyan. What about you? hah, you’re a MAPAGKUNWARI, do you understand this word ha BEHO na natutong makabasa ng TAGALOG to spread Propagandas here? or, are you really a Filipino na masahol at mabaho pa sa malansang isda. Guten Nacht!

    • PurpleDaisy13

      re: “inililigaw mo naman eh. And if my english are so poor so what!”

      I’m sorry Lourda, but you’re the only one between us that is “ligaw”.  Especially after the fact that you’ve admitted to your English being SOOO POOR.

      Thus, you don’t know how to communicate properly and cannot be trusted to know and use the right words to express what you want to say.

      We really don’t care and would not be impressed even if you explained your point of view in greek, deutsch, OR spanish because it would still be just “greek” to most of us anyway.

      I’m sorry Lourda but it’s time for you to resign from here.

  • lourda

    Are you talking about yourself? Masyado kang mayabang..malulunod ka niyan…binabaligtad mo ata ah…

  • lourda

    Tama ka kabayan, matagal na iyan…pero matiyaga pa rin sila ang titibay ng sikmura, paano na kung matapos ang Isyung Disputes, wala na silang hanapbuhay…hehehe…

    • BayanMunaBagoAngSarili

      Iwas tayo sa kanila…:)

  • Etep Xena

    The EU can only say their support to ASEAN approach to West Philippine sea disputes.Why? Because they too are confused and don’t want to get involved with the fantastic claims of Beijing. Ancient claims with no verifiable proof. Sila ay desperado sa lumalaki nilang bilyong populasyon, wala nang paglagyan sa mainland China kaya maghanap ng greener pasture by hook or by crook.

  • lourda

    Hehehe…sinungaling ka talaga Purple…many Filipinos? kabaligtaran pa rin….you mean a sort of you?  being recognized as Pro?….

  • valsore

    Now there should be more of us that will boycott Made In China products.

  • PurpleDaisy13

    re: “Our aguments about the Filipino’s RIGHTS”

    What Filipino “RIGHTS” Lourda?  The United Nations have NOT awarded you sovereign rights to Scarborough Shoal or other disputed islands.

    For as long as the United Nations have NOT awarded you sovereign rights to Scarborough Shoal or other disputed islands, then obviously…YOU HAVE NO RIGHTS to these disputed territories.  Is that understood Lourda?

    Stop fabricating and making up rights that Filipino people really don’t have with respect to Scarborough Shoal and other disputed territories. 

    All you’re doing is complicating the facts while trying to make Filipinos look and think dumb with ALL YOUR LIES.

    Resign already Lourda…you’ve failed horribly.

  • valsore

    Let’s captalize on EU’ support, folks!



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