Marcos to UNGA: Maintain 'rules-based international order' to solve disputes

President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. urged on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) all United Nations (UN) Member States to adhere to the principle of "rules-based international order" to solve disputes as he reiterated his foreign policy that Philippines "shall continue to be a friend to all and an enemy of none."

Addressing world leaders during the 77th UN General Assembly here, Marcos said that "differences should only be resolved through peaceful means. "

"By reinforcing the predictability and stability of international law, particularly the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, we provided an example of how states should resolve their differences: through reason and through right," the President said.

Marcos cited the Manila Declaration of 1983 and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which "provide useful guidance for our time."

"Amidst challenging global tides, an important ballast stabilizes our common vessel. That is, our open, inclusive, and rules-based international order that is governed by international law and informed by the principles of equity and of justice," he said.

"As I have underscored, the Philippines shall continue to be a friend to all, and an enemy of none," Marcos added.



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