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UN backs peaceful solution to sea row—DFA

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MANILA, Philippines—The United Nations has reiterated its support for a peaceful settlement of the protracted dispute between the Philippines and China over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Thursday.

In a statement, the DFA said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon “renewed the world body’s support for a peaceful and amicable resolution” of the territorial row between the two countries when the UN chief met with Philippine Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Libran Cabactulan at the UN headquarters in New York on Feb. 19.

During the meeting, Cabactulan reiterated to Ban the Philippines’ bid for arbitration as one such means to settle the dispute, a move that China has rejected asserting its historical ownership of territories in the contested waters.

Intervention

 

“Ban assured Cabactulan that he was closely monitoring developments on the case,” the DFA said.

Amid China’s refusal to take part in the arbitration proceedings, Cabactulan told Ban that the Philippines’ plea for UN intervention in the dispute “should not be considered an unfriendly act.”

“The ambassador stressed that this has been the position of the UN General Assembly ever since 1982 when it adopted the Manila Declaration on the Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes,” the DFA said.

Cabactulan further explained to Ban that the arbitration case “would benefit both the Philippines and China, as well as the region and the world.”

“It will be an opportunity for China to assure the international community of its peaceful rise,” Cabactulan told Ban during the meeting.

Remedy

The Philippines haled China before a UN arbitration panel a month ago in a bid to stop Chinese incursions into established Philippine maritime boundaries in the West Philippine Sea.

Seeking remedy under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos), the Philippines’ plea further asked the UN to declare as invalid China’s “excessive” nine-dash line claim in the waters. Both the Philippines and China ratified the Unclos.

This delineation, which China insists is based on historical boundaries, overlaps with the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone and continental shelf.

In the UN meeting, Cabactulan explained that the nine-dash line “interferes with the lawful exercise by the Philippines of its sovereign rights and jurisdiction in its exclusive economic zone and continental shelf.”

China has continued to assert “indisputable sovereignty” over territories in the West Philippine Sea and has insisted on holding bilateral talks with the Philippines instead of submitting itself to the UN arbitral tribunal.

The Philippines said the compulsory arbitral proceedings will continue even without China, as provided under Unclos.

In Manila, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario expressed his thanks to the United States for the latter’s support to the Philippine arbitration case lodged against China.


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  • Jan

    wake up china. we shall be bound of international law and not to be outlawed. be responsible member of international community under the United Nation. come on and face truth what UNCLOS of 1982 provides which you are also a signatory of it. let there be peace in west philippine sea, asian region and in the whole world for peace and prosperity.

    • http://twitter.com/phisch4 phisch

      I agree that PH and CH should be peaceful with each other. But the problem isn’t China bullying or invading PH, quite opposite.

      • kanoy

         THE RP IS INVADING CHINA? LOL WITH WHAT? THEY HAVE NOTHING TO INVADE WITH,,,,IF ITS TRUE THEY ARE INVADING CHINA THEN THEY GOT 2 INVASIONS GOING ON AT ONCE BECAUSE THEY INVADED MALAYSIA TOO

    • kanoy

       LOL THERE IS PEACE IN THE S CHINA SEA THE RP IS NOT THERE JUST CHINA SO NO ONE IS FIGHTING

  • http://twitter.com/phisch4 phisch

    If compulsory were peaceful, then rap would be consensual. 

  • Jan

    wish that UN will enforce what it will decide in favor of the rightful claimant on what  UNCLOS of 1982 provides so that it will be a precedent to other similar cases and so that nobody in the whole world is above the law or international law. Likewise both parties must abide what the verdict is particularly in west philippine sea or south china sea where vietnam, brunei, malaysia have overlapping claims unlike china which claim is the whole south china sea that includes and enclose the area for a freedom of navigation where everybody can ply freely. this ruling will possibly a wake up call that nobody will have ownership of the entire oceans or seas to be owned by any country except if is internationally agreed upon like UNCLOS of 1982. it is known in the international community like the United States never seek ownership of any oceans or seas to be its own because it respects that is by nature belongs to every nation except those internationally accepted parts of seas and oceans to be enjoyed by any coastal states, again, like that of the UNCLOS of 1982. in war there will be no gain, we will all losers unless we will work out peacefully and abide what is the first principle of the United Nation no other than PEACE NOT WAR.

    • Free_Pacific

      There are already many precedents. This case just needs to follow previous precedents and the rule of law. A law China has signed onto. By ignoring the result, China will catalyse regional integration at the military level (we are already making progress on the enonomic front). Let us take what China see’s as a sign of weakness on our behalf and  convert this to our strength. Free movement of peoples in the Asia-Pacific, free trade and friendship that is not under the barrel of a Chinese gun.

      We are entering an age where the people of the Pacific will write the future for many, how we stand together or apart now, will echo through history. Our great size and resource is what mainland powers now crave. This is proof of our potential.

      You are right Jan, peace is our greatest asset. This is why it is being challenged from the mainland. Our unity would be frightening and would silence any challenge. We are all descendents of great navigators and seafarers.

      God bless the little countries, God bless the people of the Pacific.

  • damiranda126

    This issue is on the right direction now although it a while for the Philippine government to do what is lawful.  This time the DFA must look into Sabah issue.  Our brothers in the south are pleading for help.  Sec. Valte, you don’t know what you’re talking about.  Sabah issue is not dormant.  We are pressing the government to act properly and regain Sabah.

    • kanoy

       THEY TRY TO MAKE THIS MEAN MORE THAN ITS WORTH….THE UN SUPPORTS PEACE IRREGARDLESS OF THE SITUATION THIS DISPUTE IS GIVEN NO MORE FAVOR THAN ANY OTHER THE UN HAS EVER DEALT WITH,,,SO ALL THE UN IS SAYING IS WE HOPE THE RP AND CHINA WORKS THIS OUT BETWEEN THEM,,,,BEFORE CHINA WIPES OUT DEFENSELESS RP,,,BUT THE UN FAVORS NOR SUPPORTS EITHER SIDE….PLUS ONLY THE RP IS TAKING THIS TO THE UN CHINA SAID NO REASON TO TALK ABOUT SOMETHING THAT IS ALREADY A DONE DEAL

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    we will get the moral high ground in u.n.

    tuloy pagpapalakas ng depensa
    to get the defensive high ground

  • Dawn Dare

    Expect the next president to be an opportunist and own whatever victory the Philippines will achieve from any UN ruling after 3-4 years.

  • disqusted0fu

    I don’t understand why the PH government has been fighting so hard on this but then when it comes to Sabah they just seem to give it away? When Sabah is definitely more worth fighting for? The straight path may not be the right path to follow. It is leading more towards idiocy. 



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