EU delegation condemns armed violence in Zamboanga City

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MANILA, Philippines – The European Union (EU) Delegation to the Philippines Friday condemned the armed violence in Zamboanga City that has displaced thousands of civilians.

‘‘The EU Delegation wishes to express its concern over the recent spate of violence in parts of Zamboanga, initiated by a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF),” it said in a statement.

“We strongly condemn any violation of the international law and human rights of the civilian population in Zamboanga, especially those of women and children. We sympathize with the wounded and hurt, and offer our condolences to the families of the victims of this violence,” it said.

Early Monday morning, armed members of the MNLF attempted to march to Zamboanga City Hall in what it claims was a “peace rally.”

Government forces repulsed the group which subsequently took over several villages and held locals as hostages.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) with the Philippine National Police (PNP) have been trying to contain the armed group to prevent them from going into other nearby villages.

Malacanan has previously issued a statement saying that the MNLF members should cooperate for a peaceful solution as soon as possible.

“We urge an unconditionally and immediate ending of the violence in Zamboanga and the release all civilians,” the EU delegation said.

“We further urge that all parties recommit irrevocably and exclusively to the political process and ongoing negotiations to ensure a lasting, just and peaceful settlement in Mindanao,” it said.

The delegation further expressed concern for the large number of people in evacuation centers as well as those caught in the clashes.

“[We are] also concerned by reports of an emerging humanitarian crisis, spurned by the growing number of Internally Displaced Persons in the affected areas,” it said.

“The EU Delegation stresses the need for all sides to recognise international rules by allowing safe access of humanitarian organisations and assistance,” it added.

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  • Fulpol

    ayan napansin na ng international community

    • $14141131

      With this recycling situation involving the armed rebels, how can the country move forward? Our politicians should singtart think for the country and not for their political party and their selfish, greedy persons.

  • ManilaMan

    It would be more helpful if the international community denounce and condemn the Bangsamoro Republik aspirations for statehood of these rebels.

  • tarikan

    Malacanan(g) urged the MNLF rebels to cooperate in a peaceful solution to the violence. Papano ba gagawin para mag-cooperate ang mga rebelde, give them safe pass to go home to Basilan (they are reportedly from that place). With their long fire arms held high and shouting “Allahu Akbar” they will march away from Zamboanga City along the highway lined with AFP/PNP personnel in their dress uniforms. Ganun ba yun? Whaaa!

    • $14141131

      BTW, Basilan is the location of some large properties of the rich and famous businessmen and politicians. Ask Enrile.

  • dorkstar

    And then what. Condemnation is simply a word to utter. It does not do anything. If EU wants to help, then talk to the Islamic countries that can persuade and influence these rebels into surrendering.

  • hustlergalore

    as if here, as if that. ang daming magaling!

    o tapos?

    • walaywalay

      >> The European Union (EU) Delegation to the Philippines Friday condemned
      the armed violence in Zamboanga City that has displaced thousands of
      civilians

      This is EXACTLY what happens when ANY country makes deals with terrorists–pay kidnappers ransom and buys back murderers and drug traffickers lives—YOUR INNOCENT CIVILIANS DIE–GREAT WORK RP LAWMAKERS!

      • kismaytami

        malayshits are the ones dealing with these terrorists to keep Philippines and Sultanate of Sulu from its Sabah claim.

  • RealityCheckX

    Govt. is so callous. I pity the Muslims whose houses were burned while the MILF is allowed to strut around with guns.

  • kismaytami

    Having britain as member, EU should have known better as to how and why this chaos continue to happen in Mindanao. britain illegally transferred a leased agreement on Sabah to the then newly formed state of malayshits. Afterward, malayshits are using the resources of Sabah to alienate the owners and people of Sabah and support these terrorist groups to keep Philippines and the Sultanate of Sulu from its rightful claim of Sabah.

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