Diplomatic corps supports PGMA’s peace initiatives

January 20, 2010 10:46 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 20 — Members of the diplomatic corps, led by its dean, Papal Nuncio Edward Joseph Adams, Wednesday pledged support for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s efforts to achieve peace for the common good.

In his response to President Arroyo’s speech at the annual Vin d’Honneur at Malacañang Palace this afternoon, Adams said “peace and the common good is indeed not only a possibility and a compelling goal but our collective duty.”

The attainment of peace, through the termination of hostilities with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army, is one of the items in the ten-point agenda of the Arroyo Administration.

The President has time and again made it clear that the government is fully committed to bringing lasting peace in Mindanao and the rest of the country.

“So, Madam President, our very presence in this gathering is an expression of our shared desire and need to join our hands in continued collaboration for peace and the common good,” Adams said.

“We who have the privilege of serving here as diplomats gladly assure you, Madam President, of the pledge of the countries and organizations we represent to further advance these noble aspirations,” he added.

Adams also expressed the group’s collective confidence that President Arroyo would remain steadfast in working towards achieving this goal.

“We are assured too, Madam President, that in these few remaining months before the national elections, your personal dedication and industry for the welfare of this great nation will not waver,” Adams said.

“We appreciate your administration’s stated resolve to work for unity, progress and the well-being of the people of this country,” he added. (PNA)

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