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Press Release
September 2, 2013

200 Asia-Pacific Youth Leaders calls for the Resumption of GPH-NDFP Peace Talks

The delegation of the Asia-Pacific Students and Youth Gathering (ASYG) 2013 is one with the people’s movement calling for the resumption of peace talks between the GPH and the NDFP. Today, as we commemorate the historic signing of The Hague Joint Declaration of 1992, we have a prophetic call to urge both parties to uphold this declaration as this is fundamental in addressing the roots of armed conflict in the country on the basis of a just and lasting peace.

As a regional network that works for peace and justice, it is our ardent desire to break the chain of poverty and the cycle of oppressive system. Honouring the previous joint declarations and agreements, The Hague Joint Declaration will give credence to a peace agreement between the GPH and NDFP. The Hague Declaration is very significant for it stipulates substantive agenda that will address socio-economic reforms in the country. For the past days of ASYG, we have heard enough about the Philippine national situation characterized by worsening poverty, widening gap between the rich and the poor vis-a-vis the culture of corruption that is embedded in the government system. In the communities visited in Metro Manila: workers, women, farmers, urban poor, our muslim sisters and brothers, and migrants, we have seen and heard their cries to be alleviated from deep widening poverty, from marginalization, oppression and hunger. We express our solidarity with the people, and prayerfully and actively join them in their quest for genuine peace that is based on justice.

The ASYG 2013 is currently held at Bukal ng Tipan Maryhill Retreat House, Km. 22, Road to Antipolo, Taytay Rizal, from August 30 to September 4, 2013. The participants come from: Hongkong, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Korea, Pakistan, Nepal, East Timor, Thailand, Taiwan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Myanmar, Philippines, Lebanon, New Zealand and many others who are expected to speak about the peace situation of the Philippines once they get back to their country.

ASYG is being organized by the Ecumenical Asia Pacific Student and Youth Network (EASY Net), a regional network comprising of seven (7) organizations: Asia Pacific Alliance of YMCA (APA-YMCA), Christian Conference of Asia (CCA), International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS), World Student Christian Federation Asia-Pacific (WSCF), World-Young Women Christian Association (World-YWCA), International Young Catholic Students (IYCS) and the International Young Christian Workers (IYCW). The delegation are also joined by a significant amount of participants coming from Hongkong Christian Council, Hongkong Christian Institute and Communion of Churches in Indonesia.

“Let justice roll down like a river, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” Amos 5:24

Kasta Dip
Regional Coordinator
Ecumenical Asia Pacific Students and Youth Network

Ismael T. Fisco, Jr.
Kalipunan ng Kristyanong Kabataan sa Pilipinas





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