Philippines confident of S China Sea resolution

Philippines confident of S China Sea resolution

Philippines confident of S China Sea resolution

Posted 20 February 2013, 10:06 AEST

The Philippines says it is confident UN arbitration on its territorial dispute with China will proceed, despite China's refusal to participate.

The Philippines government says it is confident United Nations arbitration on its territorial dispute with China will proceed, despite China's refusal to participate in the process.

Manila sought UN intervention last month over its territorial row with China over islands in the South China Sea.

China yesterday announced it would not participate in any UN arbitration.

China's foreign ministry spokesman, Hong Lei, says the Philippines should be rebuilding mutual trust instead.

"We hope the Philippine side can scrupulously abide by its promises, not take actions to expand and complicate the situation, and respond positively to proposals made by China," he said.

Philippines Foreign Secretary, Albert del Rosario, says China's rejection of arbitration will not hinder the process.

Mr del Rosario says a five-member panel will be formed to settle the dispute, with or without China.

He says Manila is committed to the friendly and peaceful settlement of the rift under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.