Thursday, May 30, 2013

Vatican suggests for papal nuncios of the Philippines and Malaysia to meet to discuss dispute

The Vatican has suggested for the papal nuncios to the Philippines and Malaysia to meet to discuss the humanitarian concerns in connection with the territorial dispute over Sabah.

Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo spokesman Abraham Idjirani said the Vatican’s suggestion was relayed to Sultan of Sulu Jamalul Kiram III, during his meeting with Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Archbishop Jose Palma at the CBCP head office in Intramuros, Manila on Wednesday.

He said that the Cebu prelate informed Kiram that, “one of the orders from the Vatican, as per our understanding, was for the nuncios to the Philippines and Malaysia to sit down together and really talk about the issue.”

Palma will be the one who would reportedly arrange the meeting between the two papal nuncios.

“The Sabah issue is a geopolitical issue. This would affect the on going discussion of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the peace talks. When we say ‘religious point of view’, we are talking about the humanitarian concerns for both the Muslims and the Christians,” Idjirani added.

There are also plans to create an international interfaith between Muslims, Christians and other faiths.

“This meeting serves as strategic path to reach achieve a complete resolution on Sabah issue including the Mindanao conflict,” he added.

It was the second time that Kiram visited the CBCP president, the first meeting took place last April 3.-Philippines News Agency

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