Explanation of Vote (EOV) before the vote

Thank you, Mr. President.

The Philippines underlines the importance of continued support for ensuring the safety and security for all communities in Rakhine state, the provision of humanitarian assistance to displaced Rohingyas and other minorities, and the dialogue and coordination between Myanmar and Bangladesh to facilitate the repatriation of displaced persons from Rakhine State.

We see the need for a comprehensive and durable solution to address the root causes of the conflict and to create a conducive environment that promotes harmony and reconciliation among the various communities as well as to ensure sustainable and equitable development in Rakhine State and other parts of Myanmar. This is an issue that requires us to take a long considered approach rather than harsh short-term actions imposed on the country concerned.

We have expressed our concern over the proliferation of mandates on Myanmar. We find it alarming that the cost of maintaining these mandates from 2018 to 2020 amount to a staggering US$ 35 million, all of it spent on staff and consultant salaries and travel---- none on concrete programs on the ground.

We reiterate our call for the Council to direct our discussions and actions pursue actions towards constructive and comprehensive cooperation with Myanmar, including to support the government in building and strengthening domestic accountability mechanisms.

We believe that we need durable solutions that will take root in the context of the democratic transition that is being pursued by Myanmar within its own legitimate political processes.

In this regard, the Philippines will be voting against L.21/rev.1.