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RP calls for meet on Spratlys, pits Asean vs China By Michaela P. del Callar 11/16/2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

RP calls for meet on Spratlys, pits Asean vs China

By Michaela P. del Callar 11/16/2011

BALI — The Philippines yesterday called on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to hold an unprecedented meeting of China and other rival Asian claimants to South China Sea territories in a last-ditch diplomatic effort before considering launching a legal battle in the United Nations.

Frustrated by Asean’s failure to endorse a Philippine proposal aimed at untangling the overlapping claims over the Spratly Islands, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario challenged the 10-member bloc to rise “at a critical junction” and play a vital role in resolving the disputes, which have sparked armed conflicts in the past.

“Asean must play a decisive role at this time if it desires to realize its aspirations for global leadership,” Del Rosario said in a statement delivered by the Philippine delegation at the Asean ministerial meeting in Bali, Indonesia. The statement was simultaneously released in Manila..... MORE

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1 comment

Anonymous said...

To each his own. Thats the motto. Asean countries have different agendas. It reveals in the detailed discussions.

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