- Written by Ninez Cacho-Olivares
- Thursday, 02 August 2012
The DFA wanted an explanation from the Cambodian Ambassador Hos Sereythonh on what he had written about the “inflexible and non-negotiable position” of the Philippines and Vietnam on the South China Sea row that resulted in the failure of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to issue a traditional joint communiqué at the end of its ministerial meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia two weeks ago.
The Cambodian Embassy’s second secretary Tan Chandaravuth, was handed the note verbale by Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Erlinda Basilio to express the Philippine government’s displeasure over the ambassador’s comments and demanded that he explain his comments published in a local newspaper.
It appears that the Cambodian diplomat included an accusation that the Philippines and Vietnam played “dirty politics” in trying to solve a maritime row with China.
The comments were in a letter Hos sent to the editor of a newspaper last Monday.
In the letter, Hos accused the Philippines and Vietnam of working to “sabotage and hijack the joint communiqué” during the Asean meeting..... MORE
Source: The Daily Tribune