GRP officially postpones December SNAMMM

October 24, 2009 11:27 pm 

By Gloria Jane Baylon

MANILA, Oct. 25 — The Government of the Republic of the Philippines has cancelled the Summit Meeting of the Non-aligned Movement Ministerial Meeting (SNAMMM) that it was scheduled to host from December 1 to 3 this year, citing exigencies resulting from the onslaught of two recent typhoons.

For now, the plan is to reschedule it to “an appropriate date next year,” it was officially announced on Saturday by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

DFA Undersecretary for Special Concerns Rafael Seguis, who is the over-all in charge of the SNAMMM in Manila, said the postponement was due to “relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction” efforts of Filipino communities and government, who "must focus their efforts and resources on the major substantial task” ahead.

"Our priority now should be the immediate and long term needs of our people,” even as the Philippines remain committed to peace through interfaith dialogue,” the DFA said.

Interfaith dialogue, which the Philippines strongly espoused in the United Nations, is the focus of this SNAMMM.

According to the DFA, led by Seguis, consultations were made with NAM allies of the Philippines, through Egypt, in arriving at the decision. It was Egypt, chair of the NAM Coordinating Bureau in New York, which chose the Philippines to host this year’s SNAMMM.

The "high honor" was accepted by the Philippines, which had originally budgeted P450 million (USD 9 million) for the event.

”We are confident our partners and friends, who have been helping us in our hour of distress brought about by the calamities, will understand our decision to move the holding of the SNAMMM to an appropriate date next year,” the DFA concluded. (PNA)

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