Code of conduct framework may not cite UN sea ruling – DFA exec
The United Nations arbitral ruling, which favored the Philippines diplomatic protest against China over the West Philippines Sea, may not be mentioned in the framework of the Code of Conduct (COC) of Parties in the South China Sea, a foreign affairs official said on Tuesday.
The Department of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Robespierre Bolivar, said the framework would most likely be “generic.”
“I would think it’s something more generic so there’s no specific mention [of the arbitral ruling],” Bolivar told reporters in Malacañang.
“(T)he general headings, kumbaga parang balangkas, it’s an outline, the nature of the code of conduct, what principles govern the behaviors of [the nations],” he added.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) foreign ministers and China would formally endorse the document called “Framework of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea,” during their meeting in Manila on August 6.
“After the endorsement, approvals process has been dealt with, we expect that the talks on the actual Code of Conduct will begin in earnest,” Bolivar said.
The foreign official said the Philippines would push for the interest of the country during the talks.
“Anything to our interest, of course, we will push,” he said.
Bolivar said Asean and China are committed to come up with an effective code of conduct.
“Now what we’re trying to achieve is more than just binding, it’s an effective code of conduct. ‘Yung talagang irerespeto at susundin ng lahat. We’re hopeful, because of the commitment between the Asean and China, na unang-una, we finish the framework ahead of time,” he said.
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