Sultan Sulu Umum Gencatan Senjata Sebelah Pihak
MANILA: Jamalul Kiram III yang mendakwa dirinya sebagai Sultan Sulu mengumumkan gencatan senjata segera terhadap pencerobohan di Sabah berikutan gesaan Setiausaha Agung Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu PBB Ban Ki-moon bagi menamatkan keganasan di Sabah dan mengadakan dialog.
"Sultan (Jamalul Kiram III) mengumumkan gencatan senjata sebelah pihak bagi pihak Kesultanan Sulu bermula pukul 12.30 tengahari Khamis," kata jurucakap Ibrahim Idjirani, menurut ABS-CBNnews.com. Beliau berkata tindakan ini dibuat sebagai menghormati gesaan setiausaha agung PBB untuk menamatkan keganasan di sana.
Beliau berkata ini adalah "untuk membalas seruan PBB bagi memelihara nyawa." Ketua PBB juga menyatakan kebimbangan pencerobohan terhadap penduduk awam, termasuk pendatang di rantau ini.
Dalam pada itu beliau turut berharap Malaysia juga akan mengisytiharkan gencatan senjata bagi mengelakkan lebih banyak kehilangan nyawa. - Mstar
Kiram declares unilateral ceasefire in Sabah
By Dennis Carcamo and Camille Diola (philstar.com) | Updated March 7, 2013 - 12:52pm
MANILA, Philippines - The Sultanate of Sulu on Thursday declared a unilateral ceasefire on the hostilities in Sabah where its followers are engaged in a standoff with the Malaysian security forces.
In a statement read by the Sultan spokesman Abraham Idjirani, Jamalul Kiram III said his decision was made after the statement of United Nations secretary general Ban Ki Moon, urging an end to the violence in Sabah.
"The Sultan is calling for a unilateral ceasefire of the Sultanate of Sulu effective this hour, 12: 30, in order to reciprocate the call of the United Nations to preserve lives.
"His Royal Highness, Sultan Jamalul Kiram III called his brother 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 quoted the Sultan's statement.
"We hope Malaysia reciprocates the...call for a ceasefire," he added.
Since the outbreak of the armed hostilities, about 30 people have been killed on both the Malaysian forces and Sultan's followers sides.
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Ban Ki Moon's statement
Ban on Thursday has called for an to end bloodshed in the region.
In a statement released by Ban's New York office, he said that he is "closely following the situation in Sabah" and on top of reports on Malaysian troops pursuing members of the royal army of the Sulu sultanate from the Philippines.
"The Secretary-General expresses concern about the impact this situation may have on the civilian population, including migrants in the region," the statement said.
Ban also said dialogue must be pursued by involved parties "for a peaceful resolution" of the three-week conflict over the clan's assertion of its territorial claim over Lahad Datu, Sabah.
The official also hoped the Malaysian and Philippine governments as well as the Kiram clan would allow international assistance into the area.
"He urges all parties to facilitate delivery of humanitarian assistance and act in full respect of international human rights norms and standards," the UN said.
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