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Standoff with Sulu claimants continues in Malaysia's Sabah state

Standoff with Sulu claimants continues in Malaysia's Sabah state

Updated 20 February 2013, 15:20 AEST

The standoff between Malaysian authorities and a group of armed Filipinos, who illegally entered the east Malaysian state of Sabah is in its second week.

The 300 armed men are pressing the claim of their leader, Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, to Sabah state.

This standoff goes beyond mere historical claims and is linked with the Muslim bid for greater autonomy in the southern Philippines.

Correspondent: Kanaha Sabapathy

Speakers: Nur Misuari, founding leader of the MNLF; Professor Harry Roque, University of the Philippines; statement by Raul Hernandez, spokesman for the Philippines Foreign Ministry

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