Govt urges UN: Help end violence in Libya

THE Philippines called  for an end to the current violence in Libya and thanked countries in the region for allowing Filipinos safe passage out of the troubled North African state.

Libran N. Cabactulan, Philippine permanent representative to the United Nations in New York,  made the appeal before the the UN General Assembly shortly after the consensus adoption of a resolution suspending the membership of Libya in the Human Rights Council.

“We hope and pray that the bloodshed and violence in Libya will soon end and that peace and stability will once again reign in that country,”  Cabactulan said.

Cabactulan also called upon UN member states  to allow access and provide safe passage to citizens of third states fleeing from the situation in Libya.  He also thanked the countries who have allowed Filipinos safe passage.

“I wish to take this opportunity to thank Tunisia, Egypt, Malta, Italy, Spain and Turkey as well other Mediterranean countries which have allowed safe passage to Filipinos who are transiting their territories in order to return to their homeland,”  Cabactulan said.

According to Cabactulan, for the Philippines, at stake is the security and well-being of around 26,000 Filipino nationals in Libya.

“As we speak the Philippine Government is doing its best to ensure the safety and welfare of Filipino nationals there and is exerting utmost efforts to evacuate them to safer grounds,” he said.

“If not resolved peacefully and quickly, the ongoing tension and conflict in Libya could adversely affect the entire region and the world given the tendency of conflicts and volatile situations in one country or region to spill over to others,”  Cabactulan stated.

The Philippines has over two million Filipinos in the Middle East region.

“As a country that experienced a peaceful political transition through a people power revolution 25 years ago, the Philippines knows the high price of and tremendous sacrifice in achieving political freedom, economic liberties and justice in an non-violent way,” Cabactulan said.

“The road to democracy is a long and arduous one, jotted by barriers and obstacles.  But in the end, the beacon of democracy will not be extinguished and will continue to inspire oppressed peoples around the world determined to be free,” he added.


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