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Would This 'Win-Win' Solution End Malaysia's Painful Sabah Territorial Conflict With Sulu?

Will this finally end the tears, fears and blood that has been shed over Philippine's claim of Sabah?

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The New Head Of The Sulu Sultanate, Sultan Esmail Kiram II, Has Offered A "Win-Win" Solution To End The Territorial Conflict Between Sabah And Phillippines

The New Head Of The Sulu Sultanate, Sultam Esmail Kiram II, Has Offered A "Win-Win" Solution To End The Territorial Conflict Between Sabah And Phillippines

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Amidst the ongoing trial against 30 terrorists involved in last February’s Sulu invasion, the Kiram sultanate has offered a “win-win solution” to the Malaysian government.

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He said the recommendation was also sanctioned by the Ulama Council of Mindanao.

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Sultan Esmail Kiram II Is Willing To Allow Sabah To Remain Within The Federation Of Malaysia, If Malaysia Recognises The Sultanate's Ownership Of Sabah

This Move Is Reportedly Part Of The Sultanate's New Year Resolution Of "Repossess Sabah Through Peaceful Means"

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Sultan Esmail Kiram II said they are offering to allow Sabah to remain within the federation of Malaysia, if the Malaysian government in turn recognises the sultanate’s ownership of the state.

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Kiram went on to state that Malaysia can no longer shuffle over the issue of the Sulu Sultanate’s claim and that it must openly recognise its ownership of Sabah.
He said in return for this recognition, the sultanate will not withdraw Sabah from the federation of Malaysia.

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“Malaysia is Muslim, the Sultanate is Muslim, the problem can be discussed between Muslims. If Malaysia wins, the Sultanate wins,” the new sultan was quoted saying in a report yesterday by Filipino paper Manila Bulletin.

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This Move Is Reportedly Part Of The Sultanate's New Year Resolution To "Repossess Sabah Through Peaceful Means"

This Move Is Reportedly Part Of The Sultanate's New Year Resolution Of "Repossess Sabah Through Peaceful Means"

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Sultanate’s secretary general Abraham Idjirani said the proprietary aspect has two issues: sovereignty and ownership.
He said the sultan’s solution indicates that sovereignty over Sabah remains with the Malaysian government.

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Speaking to reporters in the Philippines, Kiram said that he had approved a recommendation by his Council “to resolve the Sabah issue in a civilized and peaceful manner”. He added that the move was part of the sultanate new year resolution to “repossess Sabah through peaceful means”.

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The Sultanate Is Also Considering To File The Case Before An International Court Of Justice And A London Court

The Sulu Sultanate Has Been Pursuing Its Claim Over Sabah For Decades. Malaysia Still Pays An Annual Stipend Of RM5,3000 To The Sultanate As A "Lease"

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Other options being considered by the Sultanate is the filing of cases before an International Court of Justice (ICJ) and a London court.
John Castriciones, one of the Sultanate’s legal counsels, said they are also looking at filing a case with a London court.

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Meanwhile Manila Times reported that Kiram had directed the sultanate’s legal advisors to prepare the groundwork and conduct an inventory into legal and historical documents to back its claim of “ownership” over Sabah.

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He had also urged the Philippines government to support Sultanate’s case when it is filed before the International Court of Justice and other international tribunals, as the issue involved “the interest of Philippines, the sultanate and Malaysia.”

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Sultan Sulu Jamalul Kiram III, Who Led The Deadly Lahad Datu Intrusion, Passed Away Due To Organ Failure In October 2013

Esmail succeeded his brother, Jamalul Kiram III, who died last October.

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Self-proclaimed Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, who led the Lahad Datu invasion to "reclaim" Sabah in Feb 2013, has died.

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Esmail succeeded his brother, Jamalul Kiram III, who died last October.

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Jacel Kiram-Hassan revealed in a radio interview with Quezon City-based DZBB Radio that her father died from multiple organ failures due to kidney problems.

“My Appah, Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, has returned to our Creator at around 4 in the morning October 20, 2013. Thank you for your prayers and support,” Jacel said in a Facebook post this morning, referring to her father.

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Sultan Jamalul Kiram III Last Decree Before He Passed Away Was That The Mission To Repossess Sabah Continues

Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, Who Led The Deadly Lahad Datu Intrusion, Passed Away Due To Organ Failure In October 2013

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The sultanate's spokesman Abraham Idjirani has reportedly said in a phone interview that reclaiming Sabah for the Philippines was one of the last decrees issued by Kiram before he died.

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On his deathbed, Kiram had asked his followers to continue with efforts to "repossess" Sabah for the Filipino people, GMA News Online reported. "(His third decree was) not to waive the objective to repossess Sabah for the sake of the Filipino people... Kiram decreed that the mission to repossess Sabah should continue," Idjirani said in an interview on dzBB radio.

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The Sulu Sultanate Has Been Pursuing Its Claim Over Sabah For Decades. Malaysia Still Pays An Annual Stipend Of RM5,300 To The Sultanate As A "Lease"

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Malaysia still pays an annual stipend of RM5,300, a rate that was paid by the British North Borneo Company since 1903 for the “lease”.

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The Sulu Sultanate has for decades been pursuing its claim over Sabah, arguing that the region had been part of the sultanate’s empire and was only leased to the British prior to the creation of Malaysia.

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On 9 February 2013, More Than 200 Soldiers From The Royal Sulu Army Occupied Lahad Datu To Stake Their Claim Of Sabah. The Stand-off Turned Into A Bloody Gun Fight Against Malaysian Security Forces.

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