Sultan's men 'terrorist' or 'terroristic'?
|The aerial view of the progressive Sandakan in Sabah. Philippines lost this?|
Malaysia Minister of Foreign Affairs issued an official press stating saying that Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert Del Rosario agreed to tag the 200 men of Sultan Kiram as "terrorists."
The Department of Foreign Affairs, as quoted by ABS-CBN denied this, insisting that Del Rosario merely said "terroristic" and it was taken out of context.
Read the official press statement of Malaysia's FA, to wit:
1. The Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines, His Excellency Albert F. Del Rosario, met me last night (4 March 2013) in Kuala Lumpur to discuss the developments in Lahad Datu and Semporna, Sabah.
2. During the meeting, I conveyed to Secretary Rosario that:
(i) We appreciate the stance by the Philippine Government and President Benigno Aquino in calling upon the Sulu group to surrender and return to their families and homes in the Philippines. The group chose to not only ignore, but dismiss those calls.
(ii) We also tried our best to persuade them to leave. We had offered peaceful solution without bloodshed. We extended deadlines several times. Unfortunately, the group chose to attack and kill our security personnel last Friday (1 March 2013) in Lahad Datu and Saturday (2 March 2013) in Semporna.
(iii) We understand very well the Philippines’ positions to resolve this challenge by the Sulu group against Malaysia's sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as dignity.
(iv) We have responsibility to protect our interests, our security and our peace that we have enjoyed since our Independence.
(v) The whole of Malaysia is mourning the loss of eight (8) lives of our security personnel in the incident.
(vi) Operations by the Malaysian security forces are still on-going.
(vii) Malaysians want to see this over soonest possible.
(viii) Malaysia considers this group as terrorists following their atrocities and brutalities committed in the killing of Malaysia’s security personnel, two in Lahad Datu and six in Semporna, Sabah. Secretary Rosario agreed that this group should be labelled as terrorists.
(ix) Malaysia needs clarifications about the law that these terrorists will be charged with in the Philippines, and for the law to be studied by Malaysia’s Attorney General;
(x) I also emphasised that actions need to be taken against Jamalul Kiram for his many statements inciting hatred and violence.
(xi) The matter that we discussed was still subject to the final approval between the two of us.
3. In his response, Secretary Rosario informed me that the Philippine Government deplores the action of the intruders. He conveyed his deepest condolences to the families of fallen security personnel and Malaysian public.
4. Secretary Rosario guaranteed that the Philippine Government will charge the Sulu group involved in Lahad Datu and Semporna to the fullest extent of the law in the Philippines.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia
5 March 2013