§ 29. Mr. Connarty
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the situation in the Philippines. 
§ Mr. Battle
We are pleased to see the recent political crisis resolved peacefully, in accordance with the Philippines' democratic traditions. We note President Arroyo's pledges for good governance and poverty alleviation. We welcome her resumption of peace negotiations with the rebel groups. We look forward to working closely with her Administration.