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US keeping hands off Sabah conflict

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Malaysian soldiers discuss strategies at Sungai Nyamuk where a stand-off with Filipino gunmen took place, near Tanduo village in Lahad Datu, Borneo’s Sabah state, Malaysia, on Thursday, March 14, 2013. Malaysian security forces twice clashed with the “royal army” during mopping-up operations in Tanjung Batu in Lahad Datu on Monday, March 18, 2013, Malaysian police Chief Insp. Gen. Ismail Omar said. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – The United States is keeping its hands off the Sabah conflict, saying it was something Washington is not “involved with in any way.”

“This is a matter between the governments of the Philippines of Malaysia,” US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas told reporters in a briefing Thursday.

He also did not comment further on the Sultanate of Sulu’s plan to seek US intervention by invoking a 1915 agreement with the US colonial agreement with US colonial government to the Philippines, the Kiram-Carpenter agreement.

Part of the agreement was “full protection to the sultan of Sulu should the question of Sabah arise in the future between the sultanate and any foreign authority.”

“We’re not looking to respond in any manner to that invocation of the treaty. We do not see this as a security matter that affects the United States or our Mutual Defense Treaty that we have with the Philippines in any manner,” he said.

“I can’t stop them from you know speaking but again as I said this is not something were involved and we do seek to be involved in any way,” he also said.

He added that “they would never interfere” in the sovereign rights of the Philippine government or try to tell President Benigno Aquino III or Prime Minister Najib Razak how to resolve the challenge.

Thomas also said he was “very pleased” that the framework agreement between the Philippine government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front facilitated by Malaysia has not been affected with the Sabah issue.


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  • JosengSisiw1

    Kiram should ask support from China. If he managed to get Chinese support, the Americans will also come and will assert their interest….hahaha

    • misuari playboy

      then he will have spratlys ceded to china and subic ceded to the usa.

  • txtman

    IS THAT SO?
    SO, MEANING THEY JUST VIEW ANY TREATY THEY SIGN
    AS EFFECTIVE IF THEY WILL BENEFIT THEM?
    THAT IS WRONG
    THE PHILIPPINES MIGHT AS WELL REVIEW ALL ITS TREATIES WITH THE USA
    SEE, THE USA WILL JUST DROP THE PH ANYTIME THEY WANT
    THAT IS THE EFFECT OF HAVING A MALAYSIAN-US LAPDOG
    NOBODY WILL RESPECT THE PHILIPPINES
    YOU GOT WHAT YOU DESERVE PH
    PITIFUL

  • http://www.facebook.com/rudy.sentosa.7 Rudy Sentosa

    US wont lift a finger. This is the same US who made war with the Pinoys, and dissoluted the First Philippine Republic and captured the First President of the PH, Emilio Eguinaldo.

    Poor Pinoys. After Spain and the US, now Malaysia will be your Master.

    • joboni96

      you enjoyed kissing brits aass
      thanking for their sabah grab

      wait for your former tausog masters
      they have returned

  • misuari playboy

    kiram has upset malaysia…. big mistake!

  • joboni96

    hands off sabah
    takot sa malaysia

    hands on mindanao
    courtesy of collaborators in dnd afp malakanyang



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