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30 NOVEMBER 2010
PH WILLING AND READY TO PLAY KEY ROLE IN ACHIEVING PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
30 December 2010, New York – The Philippines is willing and ready to play a key role to achieve elusive peace in the Middle East.
In a statement delivered today at the Plenary of the United Nations General Assembly on “The Situation in the Middle East”, Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations Libran N. Cabactulan said stability and progress of the Middle East is essential for world peace and security.
He added that as more than two million Filipinos live and work in the Middle East, the Philippine Government attaches great importance to the security and safety of every Filipino citizen in that region.
“The Philippines is a strong advocate and supporter of the Middle East “Peace Process” and is set to make a contribution in any way it can,” Ambassador Cabactulan said.
At the Plenary, Ambassador Cabactulan also reiterated the Philippines’ support for the establishment of a free and independent Palestinian State and called on Israel and Palestine to work together to achieve lasting peace in the region.
“The Philippines has for many years joined in the global clamor for the establishment of a Palestinian homeland to help alleviate the dire situation of the Palestinian people. The Philippines sees merit in the Two-State Solution proposed by our partners for peace and hopes that both Israel and Palestine will put their hands together to meaningfully achieve a long-lasting and durable solution to the problem,” he said.
The Philippines also takes a leadership role in United Nations peacekeeping operations with troops in Golan whose presence helps keep the peace in the Middle East.
One concrete measure, he said, is the creation of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction.
The Philippines presided over the 2010 Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty held here in May where states reaffirmed the proposal to establish a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction.
“The Philippines views the outcome of the 2010 NPT Review Conference as a significant contribution to the Middle East Peace Process,”Ambassador Cabactulan added.
Ambassador Cabactulan underscored vital elements agreed upon at the 2010 Review Conference that need urgent attention and action.
These include the convening of an international Conference in 2012 on the establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and other Weapons of Mass Destruction; appointment of a facilitator with a full mandate to support the implementation of the 1995 Resolution by conducting consultations with States in the region and making preparations for the 2012 Conference; designation of a host Government for the 2012 Conference; and the key role of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in the preparation for the 2012 Conference.
“The 2012 Conference presents a rare chance to show the seriousness and goodwill of all stakeholders. I strongly encourage the countries in the region and the three depository States of the 1995 Middle East Resolution to participate and strive to achieve a meaningful outcome. Not only is it important that they attend, but they must go to that Conference with an open mind and heart,” Ambassador Cabactulan said. END
Reference:Robert E.A. Borje
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