PGMA commits RP support to anti-nuke terror

April 14, 2010 10:34 pm 

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 14 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, saying leaders should act decisively against nuclear dangers, today joined 48 other heads of government in endorsing the United States-led strategy against nuclear terrorism, the sole agenda at the recently-concluded Nuclear Security Summit here.

The President said in an explanatory message after conclusion of the multi-nation gathering that the world remains a dangerous place and as a summit participant, the Philippines has the “duty to realize that bad things can happen.” Amid threats of nuclear terrorism, she said world leaders must not just talk responsibly, but act decisively.

The President said that following the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York, there has been a heightened concern that nuclear devices will fall not just into the hands of rogue nations but non-state terrorists or terrorist organizations.

“We come together today in time of deep concern by all nations and peoples who expect us to act to protect our people from letting nuclear weapons fall into the hands of individuals committed to apocalyptic ideas,” she said in her message of support to the summit aims.

President Arroyo earlier made known her acceptance of the common NSS stand against nuclear terrorism when she sent US President Barack Obama and Russian President Demitry Medvedev each a letter congratulating both for the successful nuclear arms reduction agreement they recently signed.

President Arroyo added in her letters that as the Philippines gets resolute in fighting terror, it is ready to align itself with the rest of the international community in confronting the grave threats posed by nuclear terrorism.

Obama announced during the closing press conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center that all the participating nations assented to the 12-point communique which opened with warnings about the new form of threats to security, thus: “Nuclear terrorism is one of the most challenging threats to international security, and strong nuclear security measures are the most effective means to prevent terrorists, criminals, or other unauthorized actors from acquiring nuclear materials.”

On the part of the Philippines, President Arroyo, while not categorically saying the threats of nuclear terrorism exist in the country, the Philippines already has a mechanism in place to counteract the problem.

“Philippine national actions to secure nuclear material and prevent illicit trafficking are consolidated in our National Nuclear Security Plan which we finalized with the cooperation of the nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA),” she said. (PNA)

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