PHL sends proposed South China Sea measure to UN head, 193 countries

Philippines sent a letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon with the outline of Triple Action Plan to peacefully solve maritime disputes. Letter sent to Ban Ki-Moon was also circulated to 193 member states of UN, in a bid to gain wider support from international community.

Triple Action Plan includes three phases which includes arbitration as the final stage. First phase is to fully implement Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea which calls to stop all activities that escalate tension, while the second phase is an early conclusion of a binding Code of Conduct.

Philippine Permanent Representative to the UN Libran Cabactulan said the TAP is “a positive, comprehensive and constructive framework, which brings together various initiatives that the Philippines and other countries have been advocating for the peaceful resolution of the disputes.”

“Our proposed Triple Action Plan contains immediate, intermediate and final approaches to address the provocative and destabilizing activities in the South China Sea. They can all be pursued simultaneously, without prejudice to territorial claims,” Cabactulan added.

“If the Philippine side would like to carry out this plan, then it should revoke international arbitration in the first place, because that is the third step of its plan,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters last August.