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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
06MANILA2824 2006-07-06 05:29 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Manila
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INFO RUEHZS/ASEAN COLLECTIVE
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RUEHUL/AMEMBASSY SEOUL 2339
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UNCLAS MANILA 002824

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PARM KNNP KN RP
SUBJECT: PHILIPPINE OFFICIALS CONDEMN NORTH KOREAN MISSILE LAUNCHES

REF: STATE 111144

¶1. (U) In a statement issued on July 6, President Gloria
Macapagal Arroyo commented that “In solidarity with the
international community, The Philippines condemns the
missile tests of North Korea and urges that nation to
refrain from further compromising the peace and security of
the region and of the world. The world has had enough of
weapons of mass destruction; and it is high time to walk
away from armed confrontation and lend more focus in
addressing the welfare of every human being and the growing
economic disparity among nations. As a peace-loving nation
and a member of the UN Security Council (sic), we shall
continue (to) be at the forefront of supporting moves to
ensure world security and peaceful co-existence among all
nations.”

¶2. (U) Other senior Philippine officials were quick to
criticize the July 4 North Korean missile launches as the
news emerged early on July 5. Executive Secretary Eduardo
Ermita called them a “threat to world peace” and “a concern
of everyone, especially members of all peace-loving nations.
Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo said that these “will have
a negative impact on the peace and stability of the Korean
Peninsula and the Asia-Pacific region and run counter to the
confidence-building efforts being undertaken at the ASEAN
Regional Forum.” He further noted that “The Philippines
stresses the need for a peaceful and diplomatic resolution
of the nuclear issue and therefore joins the international
community in calling on North Korea to immediately cease
such missile test firing activities and to resume the
process of diplomatic negotiations.” Defense Secretary
Avelino Cruz urged a resumption of the six-party talks and
highlighted security concerns for the entire Asia-Pacific
region.

¶3. (SBU) Ambassador on July 5 had taken advantage of an
already scheduled meeting at Malacanang Palace with
Presidential spokesman Bunye to provide the White House
statement and to urge a similar statement by President
Arroyo. Separately, Pol/C shared reftel points and the
White House statement with Assistant Secretary of Foreign
Affairs for Asia and the Pacific Romeo Manalo on July 6.
KENNEY

   

 

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