Philippines’ President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. Addresses East Asia Summit
Concerns Raised Over Nuclear Weapons Threats
In a significant address during the 18th East Asia (EAS) Summit, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. of the Philippines stressed the urgent need for diplomatic solutions to address the mounting threats posed by nuclear weapons in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and the recent surge of ballistic missile tests conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
Global Peace and Security at Stake
Rising Powers’ Weapon Stockpiles Worry Philippines
President Marcos expressed deep concern over the “buildup of rising powers in global weapon stockpiles,” which he believes poses “undue dangers to global peace and security.” In a call to action, he urged the DPRK to fully comply with all relevant UN Security Council resolutions, emphasizing the necessity of achieving lasting peace and stability in a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.
International Leaders Gather at the Summit
A Call for Diplomacy in the Ukraine Conflict
The 18th EAS Summit saw the presence of influential world leaders, including Chinese Premier Li Qiang, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Japan Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, South Korea President Yoon Suk Yeol, and US Vice President Kamala Harris. President Marcos seized the opportunity to call upon all nations to actively contribute to the pursuit of diplomatic solutions to the conflict in Ukraine, emphasizing the importance of international collaboration.
Philippines’ Commitment to UN Principles
Support for Sovereignty, Territorial Integrity, and Political Independence
President Marcos reiterated the Philippines’ unwavering support for the principles and purposes enshrined in the UN Charter. This support extends to the fundamental principles of sovereignty, territorial integrity, and political independence, particularly in regions affected by conflict, such as Ukraine.
Advocating for the Five-Point Consensus
Philippines Supports Special Envoy of ASEAN
Highlighting the Philippines’ dedication to fostering regional cooperation, President Marcos emphasized the need for the complete implementation of the Five-Point Consensus. He expressed continued support for the Special Envoy of ASEAN in advancing the Consensus.
Inclusive Dialogue for Crisis Resolution
President Marcos underscored the significance of inclusive participation in constructive dialogues, as outlined in the Five-Point Consensus. He urged all involved parties to align their efforts with those of ASEAN and work in consultation with the ASEAN Chair. This approach, he asserted, is vital to effectively address the ongoing crisis.
Philippines’ Presence in Jakarta, Indonesia
President Marcos delivered these critical messages while attending the 43rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits, currently taking place in Jakarta, Indonesia. His proactive stance on global security concerns reflects the Philippines’ commitment to fostering diplomatic resolutions and international cooperation in the face of emerging threats.