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29/08/2013: PHL, US Resume Talks on IRP Framework in Washington

PRESS RELEASE
WDC-078-2013
29 August 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.--The second round of negotiations between the Philippines and the United States for the framework agreement on the increased rotational presence (IRP) of American troops and military equipment in the country began this morning at the Pentagon.

Both sides are expected to build on the progress made in their initial meeting on August 14 held in the Department of National Defense in Camp Aguinaldo, on the proposed framework agreement seen to bolster the country’s external defense, improve disaster response and increase joint military training and exercises, said Defense Undersecretary Pio Lorenzo Batino, chair of the Philippine negotiating panel.

In the first round of consultations and negotiations, the two sides discussed salient features, such as the working title, preamble, objectives and scope of the discussions that will give US troops and defense equipment temporary access to Philippine military camps—an arrangement that will help the Philippines achieve a minimum credible defense amid territorial threats and boost plans to modernize the armed forces.

Other main elements of the negotiations, which both sides agreed to include in the framework agreement, are the implementing arrangements, prepositioning of supplies and materiel, security, ownership, protection of the environment, utilities and communications, procedures, resolution of disputes, and duration and termination.

According to Batino, the Philippine panel hopes to have a general discussion on the types of activities which both Filipino and American troops can undertake together.

“The types of activities that we want to do with the US will be threshed out in our talks,” Batino said. “As we discuss these, we want to stress again to our counterparts that any framework agreement must be consistent with our Constitution and there should be mutuality in benefits.”

He added that each activity of the US military troops and the AFP camp they will be given access to will require the specific permission of the Philippine government.

PHOTO RELEASE
WDC-177-2013
29 August 2013

Pentagon Talks. The second round of negotiations on the framework agreement for the increased rotational presence of American troops and equipment in the Philippines began in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, 29 August 2013. Photo shows the members of the Philippine negotiating panel--Defense Undersecretary Pio Lorenzo Batino, Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan, and Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Carlos Sorreta--with US chief negotiator Ambassador Eric John and panel member Brig. Gen. Joaquin Malavet of the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia, at the Pentagon before the start of the negotiations.

PHOTO RELEASE
WDC-178-2013
29 August 2013

Pentagon Talks. The second round of negotiations on the framework agreement for the increased rotational presence of American troops and equipment in the Philippines began in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, 29 August 2013. Photo shows the members of the Philippine negotiating panel--Defense Undersecretary Pio Lorenzo Batino, Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan, and Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Carlos Sorreta--with US chief negotiator Ambassador Eric John and panel member Brig. Gen. Joaquin Malavet of the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia, at the Pentagon before the start of the negotiations.