UK vows to continue peace-building role in S. Philippines

13:30, June 17, 2010      

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The new British foreign secretary said Wednesday he expects to see closer cooperation with the Philippines during his term, as he vowed to continue and strengthen Britain's peace-building role in Mindanao.

In a letter to his Philippine counterpart Alberto Romulo, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said he is confident "that the United Kingdom and the Philippines will continue to work together to pursue shared goals."

Hague cited recent areas of cooperation between the Philippines and the UK which highlight the importance of partnerships between the two countries that serve as a solid foundation to further strengthen relations.

Hague's letter was conveyed to Romulo by British Ambassador Stephen Lillie.

The British ambassador likewise reaffirmed the UK's commitment to continue to work with the Philippines to build a lasting peace that will benefit the people of Mindanao and the wider region.

"Our commitment to a strong and prosperous Philippines can have no clearer demonstration than our membership of the International Contact Group (ICG) assisting the Mindanao Peace Process," he said.

Members of the ICG, which acts as guarantors to the peace talks between the Philippine government and the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), are the United Kingdom, Turkey, Japan, Norway, European Union, and several foreign non-government organizations.

Source: Xinhua


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