Press Release
March 7, 2013

Statement of Sen. Loren Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, on Recent Developments in the Sabah Situation

"We should all welcome the declaration of a unilateral ceasefire by Sultan Kiram, following the appeal of UN Sec Gen Ban Ki- Moon to end the violence and hostilities in Sabah. This is a most welcome development that will contribute to the de-escalation of tension in Sabah.

"I hope the Malaysian government will reciprocate, first, by approving our outstanding request for a safety corridor that will allow women and children that are caught in the stand off to return to the Philippines, and second, by also declaring a ceasefire.

"The government should build on these developments and find ways by which doors to a dialogue may be opened."

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