KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia cannot remain neutral on the South China Sea issue because it is a direct claimant on the maritime area, said Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman (pic).
"In this case, we cannot remain neutral because we are one of the claimants. So, the issue of neutrality should not arise," he said in reply to a supplementary question from Datuk Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah Raja Ahmad (Amanah-Kuala Terengganu).
Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah had asked Wisma Putra whether Malaysia still adopts and practises the Zone of Peace, Freedom and Neutrality (Zopfan) policy or is taking another stand on the issue.
Anifah stressed that Malaysia's stand on the South China Sea has always been consisent and clear, with all claims and resolution in line with international laws, such as the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982).
He said discussions and negotiations between countries in a bid to find a peaceful solution are the best way to settle disputes in the South China Sea.
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