Stay the course of peace, says int’l community PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 January 2015 14:01

Members of the international community have come out with messages of support for the Philippine peace process, following last Sunday’s (January 25) clash between forces of the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

Australian ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddel appealed to the public to stay the course of the peace process.    “I think the only sensible thing I can say—when we are all trying to find out what exactly happened and why—is that how important it is for the people of the Philippines, including Mindanao, that the peace process is not discarded as a result of this tragedy and we are just hoping that that could be the case,” he said.

“It is a very sad development for those of us who care to see peace in the Philippines,” said Tweddel.

Other countries have also released statements on the Mamasapano encounter and called for peace and sobriety.

Neil Reeder, Canada’s ambassador to the Philippines quoted the statement of Canadian foreign minister John Baird. “Despite the deadly clash, Canada continues to support the peace process in Mindanao,” he said. “Despite the gravity and depth of what’s happened, we do believe in the peace process. We do believe in the aspirations of the country and the people in the Bangsamoro region to have a better life and we hope this won’t derail that process and allow it to go forward.”

Spain called for a speedy investigation of the clash and hoped for the continuation of the peace process.

“The Government of Spain most categorically condemns the brutal murder of 60 members of the Philippines National Police in the region of Maguindanao on 25 January in the course of operations against terrorist cells and conveys its sincere condolences to the families, relatives and colleagues of the victims and its solidarity with the Philippines authorities, and also wishes those injured a speedy recovery,” Spain declared in a statement.

“The government trusts there will be a quick investigation into the facts and the consequent accountability so that the search for solid and long-lasting peace in Mindanao can be resumed with the most extensive consensus possible.”

United States Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg also expressed condolences to the families of the police offices killed in the clash. A post on his twitter account read: “My thoughts, condolences to families, friends & colleagues of the brave members of PNP’s Special Action Forces who lost their lives this week —U.S.”

United Kingdom Ambassador to PH Asif Ahmad forwarded a Twitter post from Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire. “Grim news of PNP officers killed in action in Maguindanao. Our thoughts are with the families of the men who died doing their duty,” read the Twitter message, posted on January 25.

Many members of the international community have long-been involved in various capacities in support of the peace process in Mindanao.