Sign up | Log in



Home  >>  Daily News  >>  Philippines News  >>  Asean's Trade Partners  >>  UK thanks Philippines for strong stance on Myanmar

NEWS UPDATES 5 July 2009

UK thanks Philippines for strong stance on Myanmar

Related Stories

June 23, 2009
Philippines' President Arroyo in favour of Asian IMF

June 21, 2009
Philippine rice output may fall 75% due to global warming

September 28, 2008
Philippine central bank sees no crisis in region

United Kingdom's Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Ivan Lewis has praised and thanked the Philippines for its “strong” stance in calling for political reforms in Myanmar and for pushing for a credible human rights body in the region, reported local daily the Manila Bulletin.

Lewis met on Thursday with officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) headed by Undersecretary for Policy Enrique Manalo, which the United Kingdom Embassy in Manila noted was as the first high-level bilateral talks between the UK and the Philippines.

He also expressed the British government’s openness to help the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in its human rights initiatives in the region.

"The UK Government looks forward to the day when this body makes a substantive contribution towards tackling human rights abuses in the region and we stand ready to help you make that happen," the British senior official told the Philippine delegation.

The Philippines has been persistently calling on Myanmar authorities to follow the roadmap to democracy, which includes the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners.

“The UK is immensely grateful to the Filipino government for the leading role that [it] has played in the Asean on Burma (old name of Myanmar).

The tough statements from the Philippine Government on Aung San Suu Kyi and the position [it has] taken on the death penalty are an example to other states in the region," Lewis said in his closing statement.

Aside from the Myanmar issue, Lewis and Manalo also tackled other major issues concerning both countries, including trade, climate change, migration, and the global economy.

Lewis also expressed hopes that the Philippine government will work hand in hand with his government in pushing for an ambitious, equitable and comprehensive new international agreement to tackle climate change during the UN conference in Copenhagen.

He said the UK has pledged to work with developing countries, including the Philippines “to ensure that the voice of such countries is heard and taken into account in the run-up” to Copenhagen in December.


Comment on this Article. Send them to

Letters that do not contain full contact information cannot be published.
Letters become the property of AseanAffairs and may be republished in any format.
They typically run 150 words or less and may be edited
submit your comment in the box below 




1.  Verifier

1. Verifier

For security purposes, we ask that you enter the security code that is shown in the graphic. Please enter the code exactly as it is shown in the graphic.
Your Code
Enter Code

Home | About Us | Contact Us | Special Feature | Features | News | Magazine | Events | TV | Press Release | Advertise With us

Our Products | Work with us | Terms of Use | Site Map | Privacy Policy | Refund Policy | Shipping/Delivery Policy | DISCLAIMER |

Version 5.0
Copyright © 2007-2015 TIME INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT ENTERPRISES CO., LTD. All rights reserved.
Bangkok, Thailand