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NYPM 05-2012

07 MARCH 2012

 

COMMITTEE ON UN CHARTER APPROVES RECOMMENDATION ON 30 TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION OF MANILA DECLARATION ON THE PEACEFUL SETTLEMENT OF INTERNATIONAL DISPUTES.

Ambassador Garen Nazarian, Permanent Representative of Armenia to the United Nations and Chair of the Special Committee on the Charter of the United Nations (left), congratulates Ambassador Libran N. Cabactulan, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations (right), on the Special Committee’s approval of the Philippine proposal on the thirtieth anniversary of the Manila Declaration on the Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes. The Special Committee recommended for the adoption of the General Assembly a consensus draft resolution which recognizes the Manila Declaration as a concrete accomplishment of the Special Committee, welcomes the thirtieth anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration, reiterates the call to all States to observe and promote in good faith the Manila Declaration in the peaceful settlement of their international disputes and encourages all Member States to commemorate the Manila Declaration’s thirtieth anniversary. END

 

UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK 06 March 2012 In what was described as a “reaffirmation of the international community’s commitment to settle disputes through peaceful means,” the Special Committee of the Charter of the United Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization approved a Philippine proposal that called on all states to “observe and promote in good faith the Manila Declaration in the peaceful settlement of their international disputes.”

The Philippine proposal, discussed under the Special Committee’s agenda item on “Peaceful Settlement of Disputes” was contained in a consensus draft resolution which seeks to recognize the Manila Declaration as a concrete accomplishment of the Special Committee, welcome the thirtieth anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration, encourage all Member States to commemorate the Manila Declaration’s thirtieth anniversary and reiterates the call to all States to observe and promote in good faith the Manila Declaration in the peaceful settlement of their international disputes.

Ambassador Libran N. Cabactulan, Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said that the Special Committee’s approval of the Philippine proposal was an “important step forward” in the United Nations’ continuing pursuit for a peaceful, secure and stable world.

“That consensus was achieved on the language of this draft GA resolution indicates the full awareness of all Member States of the United Nations about our individual obligation to settle disputes in a peaceful manner and the collective desire of all to maintain peaceful inter-state relations. The consensus also demonstrates the recognition accorded by the international community to the Manila Declaration as a landmark document on the peaceful settlement of international disputes,” Ambassador Cabactulan explained.

“Most importantly, the consensus language reiterates the call to all States to observe and promote in good faith the Manila Declaration in the peaceful settlement of their international disputes,” added Ambassador Cabactulan.

“In the face of continuing disputes around the world, the Manila Declaration – and its provisions on the peaceful settlement of international disputes - remains as relevant today as it did thirty years ago,” said Ambassador Cabactulan. “In this regard, the Philippines will undertake several commemorative activities at the United Nations as well as in Manila, pursuant to the statement of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario in November 2011.

In that statement, Secretary del Rosario said the Philippines will hold events in Manila and at its United Nations missions, particularly in New York, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations of the Manila Declaration to highlight the importance the Philippines gives to the peaceful settlement of international disputes.

“The Manila Declaration and the peaceful settlement of international disputes are important in helping make our world safer and more secure,” said Secretary del Rosario. “A peaceful and stable world is important to all nations,” adding that, “For the Philippines, it is of even greater importance, for global peace can contribute to assuring the safety and welfare of Filipinos.”

Through the initiative of the Egypt, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, the Philippines, Romania, Sierra Leone and Tunisia and on the basis of a text prepared by the Special Committee on the Charter of the United Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization, the United Nations General Assembly adopted on Nov. 15, 1982 by consensus the landmark Manila Declaration on the Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes as Resolution 37/10.

The draft of the Manila Declaration was negotiated in Manila in January and February 1980 by the Special Committee on the Charter of the United Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organization. END

 

 


Reference:

Robert E.A. Borje
Second Secretary
Legal Affairs, Press and Information and Interfaith Dialogue


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