In­done­sia, Malaysia, Philip­pines min­is­ters dis­cuss strife-torn Marawi

The Myanmar Times - - Asean Focus -

THE for­eign min­is­ters of In­done­sia, Malaysia and the Philip­pines on Sun­day dis­cussed how to pre­vent a re­cur­rence of the Mus­lim ex­trem­ist in­sur­gency that en­gulfed the south­ern Philip­pine city of Marawi this year.

Af­ter their meet­ing, In­done­sian For­eign Min­is­ter Retno Mar­sudi said the min­is­ters – Retno, Philip­pines For­eign Sec­re­tary Alan Peter Cayetano and Malaysian For­eign Min­is­ter Ani­fah Aman – agreed to adopt at a Jan­uary meet­ing in In­done­sia a pro­posed plan to staunch the threat of ex­trem­ism through joint ac­tion.

In May, lo­cal mil­i­tant groups that pledged al­le­giance to Is­lamic State seized con­trol of a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of Marawi, a pre­dom­i­nantly Mus­lim city of over 200,000 on Min­danao, the Philip­pines south­ern­most ma­jor is­land.

Al­most 50 civil­ians, nearly 170 gov­ern­ment troops and over 900 mil­i­tants died in the fight­ing that raged over five months.

Retno told re­porters ahead of Sun­day’s meet­ing that the Philip­pines would pro­vide an up­date on the sit­u­a­tion in Marawi, whose in­fra­struc­ture was se­verely dam­aged by the fight­ing.

In June the for­eign min­is­ter of the Philip­pines, an over­whelm­ingly Catholic coun­try, agreed with the for­eign min­is­ters of Malaysia and In­done­sia, both pre­dom­i­nantly Mus­lim na­tions, to cre­ate the ac­tion plan as they share mar­itime borders which are hard to po­lice.

A key as­pect of the pro­posed ac­tion plan is ad­dress­ing the roots of ex­trem­ism in­clud­ing poverty, il­le­gal drugs, crime and so­cial in­jus­tice.

Other im­por­tant as­pects are stop­ping the flow of ter­ror­ist fi­nanc­ing, en­hanc­ing in­tel­li­gence shar­ing, and con­tain­ing the spread of ter­ror­ism­re­lated con­tent on­line. - Ky­odo

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In­done­sian For­eign Min­is­ter Retno Mar­sudi, Philip­pines For­eign Sec­re­tary Alan Peter Cayetano and Malaysian For­eign Min­is­ter Ani­fah Aman is­sue a joint state­ment in Pasay City, Philip­pines, on June 22.

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