Malaysian envoy echoes PH wish for peaceful end to Sabah conflict

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MANILA, Philippines — Malaysian Ambassador to the Philippines Dato Mohd Zamri Mohd Kasim reciprocated on Monday, the Philippines’ wishes for a peaceful resolution to the fighting between Malaysian forces and the Sulu Royal Army in Sabah, Vice President Jejomar Binay said.

Vice President Jejomar Binay. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The envoy, who visited Binay Monday afternoon, also confirmed that Philippine consular officials were finally allowed to visit Filipinos detained by Malaysian authorities for alleged involvement in the standoff.

“He told me that it is also their wish that there will be a peaceful resolution and said that our consular officials were already able to visit those detained,” Binay told reporters late afternoon on Monday.

Malaysia had initially refused to grant Philippine officials visitation rights to detained Filipinos citing the security situation on the ground. The Philippines reiterated this request last week through the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

Binay said he discussed the Sabah situation only briefly with Kasim during the latter’s courtesy call at the Vice President’s residence, the Coconut Palace.

As part of his prayers this Holy Week, Binay hoped for a peaceful resolution to the Sabah conflict.

“I hope it will be resolved because lives are at stake. I hope that peace will be achieved in Mindanao,” Binay told reporters.

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  • disqusted0fu

    The royal army’s way of trying to reclaim Sabah is obviously ill-advised. But then again, what else can they do? The Aquino government was not doing anything about it until the standoff broke lose. Pnoy was so ready to give Sabah up to the Malaysians because that’s the same thing that his parents was trying to do back then, in exchange for wealth and power.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000463788427 Hans Hans

    talk about peace but carry “big stick”. only “big stick” will ensure PEACE because this barbarian will know nothing except might :-)

  • JasonBieber

    Everyone wishes for a peaceful end. What would have been better was having no beginning to this Sabah dispute. All PNoy had to do was respect others by not ignoring their letters and requests. You don’t have to grant every request but certainly give these people the time of day and meet with them and then maybe things would not have escalated the way it did.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Boycott.Made.N.China Val Sor

    Malaysians are our brothers. The historical mistakes were made by the British. Let’s settle this in a friendly, brotherly manner.

  • Albert Einstien

    BINOMBA ng MALAYSIAN ang filipino ng NAPALM bombs .dapat MALASAHAN din nila ang kung gaano KAHAPDI ang NAPALM BURNS…..

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