Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines

EU Ambassador welcomes the official nomination of the BTC Members as this boosts the MILF-MNLF peace process in Mindanao

20/02/2017 - 13:53
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Today, European Union Ambassador Franz Jessen welcomed the official nomination of the members of the new Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) that will be launched this week in Davao City.

20 February  2017
 

In a meeting  with Peace Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Jesus Dureza held this morning of 20 February 2017 at the EU Delegation Office in Makati City, EU Ambassador Jessen said: "We want to sustain the momentum for the peace process and we enjoin the Philippine Government to continue to ensure that they (BTC) are able to  implement the important step of the Peace and Development roadmap that will delineate an inclusive law for the Bangsamoro".

The European Union over the past 25 years has been a key actor in the region known for working alongside the Philippine Government to promote peace, human security and development in the most vulnerable, conflict-affected communities. Currently, more than PhP 1.8 billion are invested in ongoing projects under different funding tools to provide support to peace in Mindanao through an approach supporting directly the political settlement and longer term sustainable development.
"EU's DNA is peace and we like to reiterate our reaffirmation of the EU's longstanding commitment to support peace and development in Mindanao", said Ambassador Jessen at the presence of EU MS Ambassadors.

Ambassador Jessen also said that the EU would continue to support and to monitor closely the developments of the peace process with the NDF-NPA saying that "we hope that the Parties could find a common way to retake the path to the peace process soon". 

The EU support to peace in the country provides an additional and meaningful platform to strengthen the EU-Philippines relations, said Ambassador Jessen. 

Meanwhile, Secretary Dureza ensured that the Philippine government would pursue its engagement with the EU and its member states to further enhance the bilateral relations as well as to help boost peace and development in the country with particular attention to Mindanao.

EU Ambassador Jessen invited Secretary Dureza to visit European Union's Headquarters in Brussels and other European capitals to further strengthen ties between the EU and the Philippines.

In a previous statement, Secretary Dureza had said that the release of the appointment papers would signal the start of the work to come up with an inclusive Bangsamoro law that would truly reflect and address the clamor for a genuine political autonomy for the Bangsamoro people in Mindanao.

On the relations with CPP/NPA/NDF, Secretary Dureza said "We welcome and respect the positive position coming from the leadership of the CPP/NPA/NDF. On the part of the Philippine government, we share the same commitment to work for a just and lasting peace in the land. When "compelling reasons," as President Duterte earlier announced, are present, then we in government shall take the next necessary steps."

 

 

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