Friday, April 25, 2008

Mongolia To Sever Diplomatic Ties With Malaysia?

From the New Straits Times:
The father of murdered Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu slammed his fist on the table during a press conference yesterday and threatened diplomatic consequences should the trial of his daughter’s accused murderers not be fair, free and speedy.

Setev had fought hard the whole press conference to hold back the tears. That his eyes watered up several times was clear to all, but he still put on a brave front.

Up until his outburst, that is.

Setev claimed two letters were sent by the Mongolian prime minister to Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi late last year. He claimed the letters did not receive any response from Abdullah.

"If this case is not solved, Mongolia will sever diplomatic ties with Malaysia. The people of Mongolia take this case very seriously," he said, through interpreter and lawyer Mijidorj Munkhsaruul.

So yeah, apart from the NST this was reported on TV3's Nightline a while ago.

Diplomatic threats can sound very menacing, until you consider the fact that Malaysia does not have an embassy in Mongolia and vice versa. In fact the nearest Mongolian diplomatic mission is located in Bangkok.

Taiwan currently has formal diplomatic relations with 23 countries whereas Kosovo has 38 countries (and counting). If Najib and co. wants to screw this case up, Malaysians will have one country less to visit in their holiday plans.

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