By Fat Reyes
Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday said that it would be persistent in summoning the Cambodian envoy and demand an explanation for what it described as “strong accusations” against the Philippines and Vietnam.
“We are going to summon the Cambodian ambassador to ask him to explain what he meant when he stated that the ‘inflexible and non-negotiable position of two countries of ASEAN is dirty politics,’” Raul Hernandez, DFA spokesperson, said in an interview with reporters.
“We are trying to find out the real meanings of these statements because these are rather strong accusations that we are playing dirty politics,” he added.
Hernandez said that about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, a note verbale was handed to Tan Chanadaravuth, Second Secretary and Consul of the Cambodian Embassy in the Philippines, asking the Cambodian ambassador to explain the details he divulged. He said the meeting lasted for about 30 minutes.
He said that the Cambodian ambassador was summoned Monday and Tuesday but that he was “indisposed” to come.
“We hope to receive a reply but for now he is indisposed but we will keep on summoning him until he is able to come to the Department of Foreign Affairs to explain these accusations,” Hernandez said.
Hernandez was reacting to an article published in the letter to the editor of a local broadsheet (The Philippine Star) authored by Hos Sereythonh, Cambodian ambassador to the Philippines. In his letter entitled Communiqué only through full consensus, Hos accused the Philippines and Vietnam of playing dirty politics in trying to blame the Cambodian Chair “for what essentially was the inflexible and non-negotiable position of the two countries of ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations).”