Philippines won't intervene in visa denial case

10th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

10 August 2005, MANILA - The Philippines' foreign affairs department said Wednesday it would not intervene in the case of more than 300 Filipino delegates to the World Youth Day in Germany, who were reportedly denied visas.

10 August 2005

MANILA - The Philippines' foreign affairs department said Wednesday it would not intervene in the case of more than 300 Filipino delegates to the World Youth Day in Germany, who were reportedly denied visas.

Gilberto Asuque, spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), said the department has always maintained a policy of non-interference on the decision of host governments on the issuance of visas to applicants.

"We always respect the position that this is an internal matter to the German government and they also recognise that the issuance of Philippine visas is our prerogative," he said.

Organisers have yet to issue an official statement about the visa problems of Filipino delegates to the World Youth Day celebrations.

Asuque noted that the only time the DFA would intervene was if and when the Filipino visa applicant was a holder of a diplomatic or official passport, or in the case of an emergency situation.

"We would have to make an assessment if it is an urgent case, such as an assistance to national case or a life and death situation," he said.

Asuque said organisers of the World Youth Day should take responsibility for the visa snafu.

"They should sort it out," he said. "I don't think the DFA can interfere and we don't interfere on these matters."

In the past, a number of Filipino delegates to the international youth conference, which is held every four years in different countries, have overstayed and opted not to return home, making them illegal migrants.

DPA

Subject: German news

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