Malaysia tells UN it never recognized Philippines’ claim over Sabah

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In a submission to United Nations Secretary-General, Malaysia said that it has never recognized Philippines’ claim over Sabah. The submission of Permanent Mission of Malaysia to UN dated August 27 is with regards to Philippines submission on March 6, 2020.

The Philippine Mission to UN said in the March 6 submission that “the area of the Malaysian submission dated 12 December 2019 covers features within the Kalayaan Island Group over which the Republic of the Philippines has sovereignty. The area also overlaps with the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles from the baselines from which the breadth of the territorial sea of the Republic of the Philippines is measured, and over which the Government of the Republic of the Philippines intends to make a submission at a future time. Moreover, the Malaysian submission is projected from portions of North Borneo over which the Republic of the Philippines has never relinquished its sovereignty.”

In response, Permanent Mission of Malaysia said in its August 27 submission that “The Government of Malaysia categorically rejects the excessive maritime claims arising from the Kalayaan Island Group as asserted by the Republic of the Philippines as they have not conformed to Part IV of UNCLOS 1982 and have no basis under international law.”

“With respect to the assertion of the Philippines that the “Malaysian submission is projected from portions of North Borneo over which the Republic of the Philippines has never relinquished its sovereignty”, the Permanent Mission of Malaysia wishes also to inform the Secretary-General that Malaysia has never recognized the Republic of the Philippines’ claim to the Malaysian state of Sabah, formerly known as North Borneo,” the Malaysian Mission to UN said.

“The Permanent Mission of Malaysia has further the honour to request that this Note Verbale be circulated to all members of the Commission [on the Limits of the Continental Shelf], all States Parties to UNCLOS 1982 as well as all Members of the United Nations,” it added.