|Title:|| ||Manila Stands Firm on Burma - An Interview with Alberto G. Romulo
|Date of publication:|| ||April 2005|
|Description/subject:|| ||Foreign Secretary Romulo Says Philippines Position “Very Clear”...
"...Political disquiet within Southeast Asia about Burma’s assumption of the chairmanship of Asean at the end of 2006 is particularly strong in the Philippines. But where does the Manila government stand on the issue? The Irrawaddy interviewed Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo on this issue, and others now occupying his government
Question: Singapore’s foreign minister George Yeo and the President of the Philippine Senate, Franklin Drilon, are among those opposed to Burma taking over the chairmanship of Asean at the end of 2006. What is the policy position of the Philippines on the issue?
Answer: The Philippines’ position has been very clear, repeated by President Arroyo in various Asean forums...Hanoi, Vientiane, Jakarta [and during] the visit of Burma’s Prime Minister Soe Win [to the Philippines] last month. We believe the roadmap to democracy should be followed. We urge that in that roadmap to democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi be released and that the NLD [take part in] the all-inclusive party convention. We have urged them to consider the request of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan for his special envoy Ismael Razali to be received and invited in Myanmar. So these are points that we have been stressing..."|
|Source/publisher:|| ||"The Irrawaddy" Vol. 13, No. 4|
|Date of entry/update:|| ||27 April 2006|