The international community remains steadfast in its support for the Mindanao peace process even in the aftermath of the Mamasapano clash that killed 44 elite policemen recently.
According to a statement from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), countries such as Russia, Palau, Libya, Norway, Australia, Canada, Spain, Switzerland and the United States expressed their commitment to lasting peace, stability and development in conflict-torn Mindanao in southern Philippines.
The Russian Embassy in Manila expressed shock and grief over the death of the 44 members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF).
Palau, through its embassy in Manila, conveyed its “unwavering support and solidarity with the Republic of the Philippines in condemning such heinous acts of terrorism against government security personnel.”
Abobaker I.W. Ataweel, charge d’affaires of the Libyan Embassy in Manila, also conveyed in a letter to Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario their “earnest hope that, under the leadership of (President Benigno Aquino 3rd), the people of the Philippines will triumph over this tragic incident and continue the pursuit to attain peace in Mindanao.”
Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende, on the other hand, commended the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), for their “unyielding commitment” to the peace process.”
MILF fighters and those from its supposedly breakaway group–the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters–were behind the deaths of the 44 police commandos.
“Armed conflict is a serious threat to development and has negative consequences far beyond the actual battlefield. A lasting settlement in Mindanao would benefit the entire population of the Philippines,” Brende said.
“It is now more important than ever to put every effort into the peace process,” he added.
Norway is a member of the International Monitoring Team for peace talks between the Philippine government and the MILF and sits as vice chairman of the Independent Decommissioning Body in charge of the decommissioning process of MILF forces and arms.
Australia, Canada, Spain, Switzerland and the United States also previously expressed support for the government’s efforts to achieve a just and lasting peace in Mindanao as they extended condolences to the families and loved ones of the fallen policemen.
The Turkish Embassy in Manila also expressed hopes that the Mamasapano, Maguindanao, incident will not damage the peace process.