Talks to secure release of M'sians in N. Korea underway: A-G

HANA NAZ HARUN



KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will determine the negotiation approach with Pyongyang to secure the release of the remaining nine Malaysians barred from leaving North Korea.

Attorney-General Tan Sri Apandi Ali confirmed that talks to bring home the nine Malaysians are underway, but added that he is not allowed to divulge more information on the matter.

"We have been told that only the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister can comment on this issue.

"We fear that if so many people (speak on this issue), it will jeopardise the negotiations. This is a very sensitive issue.

"The good thing is, negotiations are ongoing," he said.

Apandi spoke on the sidelines of the Asean Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights Judicial Colloquium on the Sharing of Good Practices Regarding International Human Rights Law.

Najib had said that negotiations with Pyongyang would be held behind closed doors, in the interest of the welfare of Malaysians.

"Sometimes, these things have to be done in secrecy to achieve the desired result," the Prime Minister said last week.