|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Fri, 17 Nov 2000 11:31:28 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Philippines clarification|
Nov 17, 2000 Filipino/American Coalition for Environmental Solutions CLARIFICATION: NO SPECIFIC ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN REGARDING TOXIC WASTE ISSUE Contrary to recent news releases ("US to investigate toxic waste claims" ABS-CBN, November 16), the US will not be sending over a delegation to the Philippines to specifically address the environmental contamination problem in the former US military bases at Clark and Subic. According to the ABS-CBN release, "Secretary Domingo Siazon, Jr. of the Foreign Affairs Domingo Siazon said Thursday United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright promised to send a team to the country to talk about the removal of toxic wastes in areas where its military bases once stood." This was after the two secretaries met during the APEC meeting in Brunei. According to US officials, any delegations sent over to the Philippines would be under a more broad initiative as defined by the Joint Statement on a Framework for Bilateral Cooperation in the Environment and Public Health, signed last July during Pres. Estrada's visit. The joint statement provides for the enhancement of "the Philippines' institutional and technical capacity to address environmental and public health problems throughout the Philippines." Although RP and US non-governmental organizations pushed for the inclusion of specific language that addressed the toxic waste issue, none was included in the final statement. Efforts resulting from bilateral initiatives will cover a number of environmental issues which may include, but not be limited to, the toxic waste issue. FACES notes that US officials have made similar promises at past APEC meetings that have resulted in no action. Such precedence underscores the need for constant vigilance and pressure to keep the issue alive and at the forefront. Up until now, there have been no official reports of any US government initiatives to address the contamination problem, nor the growing number of toxic waste victims surrounding the former US military bases. For more information, please contact Christina Leano at (202) 544-6564 ext 5 -- Lenny Siegel Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight c/o PSC, 222B View St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/968-1126 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.cpeo.org ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You can find archived listserve messages on the CPEO website at http://www.cpeo.org/lists/index.html. If this email has been forwarded to you and you'd like to subscribe, please send a message to: email@example.com ___________________________________________________________ T O P I C A http://www.topica.com/t/17 Newsletters, Tips and Discussions on Your Favorite Topics
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