Sulu sultan calls for ceasefire in Sabah


Filipino Sultan Jamalul Kiram III listens at the Blue Mosque in Manila suburb, Philippines, after undergoing dialysis at a nearby hospital Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Unlike many other Muslim royalties basking in grand palaces and opulent lifestyles, Kiram’s kingdom sits in a rundown two-story house in a poor Islamic community in Manila, the only hint of power and glory the title attached to his name. AP/Aaron Favila

MANILA, Philippines—Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III on Thursday called for a ceasefire with Malaysian forces in Sabah.

Kiram’s spokesman Abraham Idjirani said in a press conference in Taguig City that the unilateral ceasefire was declared by the sultan at 12:30 p.m. Thursday to “avoid more bloodshed in crimes”.

“The call for the unilateral ceasefire of His Royal highness Sultan Jamalul Kiram III is in view of the reported massacre committed by the Malaysian authorities against 40 innocent civilians in Lahad Datu yesterday (Wednesday)…,” Idjirani said reading the statement of Kiram.

“His Royal Highness, Sultan Jamalul Kiram III called his brother [Rajah Muda Agbimuddin Kiram in Sabah] to initiate evasive and defensive posture. This is not only to his brother but including to those who volunteered and sacrificed their lives for the cause of Sultanate of Sulu,” Idjirani said.

Kiram was responding to a call by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday in which he urged an end to the violence and encourage dialogue between the opposing sides, he said.

Kiram urged Malaysia to reciprocate his camp’s truce declaration as he called on all parties to “facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance and act in full respect of international human rights norms and standards.”

Kiram sent his followers from their southern Philippine island homes across the Sulu Sea and into a remote region of neighboring Sabah on Borneo island to assert an ancestral claim.

At least 28 people, mostly militants, have been reported killed since the stand-off began more than three weeks ago.

Malaysia launched an air and ground attack Tuesday aimed at crushing the militants.

But the assault failed to eliminate the insurgents, and Malaysian security forces continued Thursday to scour the region of vast palm plantations and jungles for them.

The Sultan of Sulu once ruled over islands that are now parts of the southern Philippines, as well as Sabah.

However the sultanate lost control of Sabah to European colonial powers in the 18th Century. With Agence France-Presse

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  • George Lapulapu

    ..when you are losing you don’t call for ceasfie… you surrender!!!!

  • Edgardo Mendoza

    this malaysian is genocide the tausug!!

  • Alitstar

    Art of war, Governor Sadikul Sahali  and Kiram spreads propaganda. “A classical way
    to wage a war successfully is to first send in your people into a target
    country. Arms caches are planted all over. Then send in an advance party to
    declare war, and that shall be the rallying call to arms so that all over the
    planted men will spring to action. At the same time, some are entrusted to join
    the refugees displaced by the conflict to spread rumours. Thus, actual physical
    conflict will be accompanied by psychological warfare at the same time. The aim
    of the psychological warfare, i.e. the spreading of rumours are intended to (1)
    demoralize and confuse the locals, and (2) to instigate support from others,
    e.g. Philippines government, MNLF, UN, etc., especially over alleged atrocities
    by the locals, thus gaining support plus justifying the aggression/invasion. At
    a time like this, the locals must stand united behind their government and give
    full support to their military whose generals must call the shots, even to the
    extent of disregarding the politicians. Stop the cover up (only military
    movement should be kept secret) but let the truth prevail.” – Author and
    internationally-acclaimed speaker on Sun Tzu’s Art of War.

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