Commentary: ASEAN foreign ministers' gesture of solidarity
Koronadal, South Cotabato (17 January) -- Consistent with its theme of "One Caring and Sharing Community" foreign ministers of the 12th Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are one in expressing solidarity and support for the victims of typhoons Seniang, Reming, and Milenyo which hit the country recently.
At their meeting chaired by Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo, the ASEAN senior officials expressed support for the calamity victims. They also expressed confidence in the resilience and courage of the Filipino people, and in their ability and determination to overcome the recent disasters and to rebuild their lives.
Secretary Romulo said that he was moved by the kind gesture shown by tyne "On behalf of the Filipino people and all those affected by the recent disasters, I convened our deep and profound gratitude to the ASEAN foreign ministers for their solidarity and support."
"This was an issue that was not on the agenda of our meeting, but one that I certainly welcome and acknowledge as the thoughtful, kind, and unselfish gesture of our friends and neighbors in the community," he added.
"The sincere expressions of solidarity and support, as well as the many donations and offers of assistance from all over the region and the world for the victims of typhoons and other recent natural disasters, highlight in a clear, categorical and meaningful manner our theme of "One Caring and Sharing Community," Romulo said.
He said the ministers' gesture sets in an even more profound context the extent of the need for regional cooperation in disaster prediction, management and relief as major items for discussion in the meetings in Cebu.
During the meeting, Romulo also joined the other ministers in expressing solidarity and support for all the victims of natural disasters in the region. (pbc/PIA 12) [top]