Fri Feb 15, 2013, 09:51 AM
Turborama (22,109 posts)
(Armed) Filipino group on Borneo claims to represent sultanate, Malaysia says
Source: CNN International
An unusual standoff is unfolding on the island of Borneo where about 100 men from the southern Philippines have come ashore demanding to be recognized as representatives of a sultanate that has historical claims on the area, Malaysian authorities said.
Malaysian police and armed forces are negotiating with the men, who arrived by boat Tuesday in the remote, eastern district of Lahad Datu, in the Malaysian state of Sabah on Borneo.
The men claim to be the "Royal Army of the Sultanate of Sulu" and say they don't want their people to be sent away from the area, Tan Sri Ismail Omar, the Inspector General of the Royal Malaysian Police, said Thursday, according to the country's national news agency Bernama.
Malaysian security forces have surrounded the village where the men are, and discussions with the group are "proceeding well," Ismail said. "We have told them to leave Sabah peacefully, as we do not want any situation which can threaten the security of the people," he added.
Read more: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/15/world/asia/malaysia-philippines-standoff/
Malaysia stand-off with Philippine group
15 February 2013 Last updated at 08:44 GMT
Malaysian troops are negotiating with about 100 men from the Philippines holed up in a remote part of Sabah on Borneo island, officials say.
The men, some reportedly armed, landed in Lahad Datu town earlier this week.
Police say they have identified themselves as the "royal army" of the Sulu Sultanate, which has a historic claim to the area.
Malaysian and Philippine officials are in discussions over the incident, many details of which remain unclear.
Some reports said that the men had denied links to militant groups in the southern Philippines, and had raised the Philippine flag in the village.
Read More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21469146
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