The resolution on Burma is the first by a city council in the Philippines.
The seven-paragraph resolution, sponsored by Councilors Leo Avila and Peter Lavina, and co-sponsored by councilors Rachel Zozobrado and Karlo S. Bello, cited the city government’s policy “to promote democracy, respect for human rights, and foster international friendship and cooperation.”
The resolution noted how recent events in Burma (Myanmar), led by Buddhist monks “against the unjust policies of its military regime” has caught the world’ attention.
The resolution cited the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ meeting at the United Nations in New York in which they expressed grave concern over the situation and urged the leaders of the military junta “to desist from the use of violence and exercise utmost restraint in dealing with protests, resuem its national reconciliation, release all its political detainees including Aung San Suu Kyi and work towards a peaceful transition to democracy.”
The ASEAN also supported efforts of the United Nations to send a special envoy to Burma (Myanmar).
“There is a need to express our solidarity with the people of Myanmar (Burma) as the interest of the people of Myanmar (Burma) is the interest of the whole of the ASEAN as reflected in the ASEAN’s theme – ‘One ASEAN in then heart of dynamic Asia,’” the City Council said.
Copies of the resolution were to be furnished the city mayor, the Embassy of Myanmar in Manila, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Initiatives for International Dialogue, and all others interested for their information and support. (MindaNews)