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Monday September 30, 2013 MYT 7:06:48 AM
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s effort to resolve conflicts in South-East Asia is not to meddle in the affairs of other states, but it is due to the country’s sincere desire to see peace prevail in the region.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said Malaysia believed that one cannot remain idle bystanders when countries were torn asunder by conflicts and violence.
“We must act and do what we can. This is the essential thrust of a practising moderate. It calls on all those who yearn for peace to drown the voices of extremism.
“It calls on all peace-loving moderates to take action when, where and by whatever ways he or she can,” he said in his statement at the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations (UNAoC) Groups of Friends Ministerial Meeting in New York on Friday.
The statement was made available to the media here by the ministry.
Anifah said Malaysia believed in the peaceful settlement of disputes and, accompanied by moderation, the country believed that there was no conflict that cannot be resolved peacefully.
Malaysia has even applied it to mediation efforts in the region in resolving crises and conflicts such as in the southern Philippines and hoped the same could be applied to the situation in southern Thailand.
While some had criticised Asean as being ineffective in resolving conflicts in the neighbourhood, it was an inescapable fact that there had been a dramatic decline in the number of conflicts in the region, he said.
“As moderation has been successfully applied to the region, we believe it could also be applied to the rest of the world,” he said. — Bernama
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