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Negotiation, arbitration the civilised way to settle conflict, says Mahathir

2019-05-31 09:47:23       source:The Straits Times

May 31, 2019

TOKYO • In all conflict situations, every party must be prepared to compromise and make sacrifices in order to find a win-win solution, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said here yesterday.

Rather than escalating conflict through an aggressive arms race or a trade war, Tun Dr Mahathir told the 25th Nikkei Future of Asia conference that negotiation or arbitration, through the court of law, will be the "civilised" way of seeking solutions.

"When one party says, 'Unless you follow me, I am not going to agree', then of course there will be no solution," he said. "If we cannot decide on the sacrifices by ourselves, then we should go to a court of law, let the court decide and respect its decision."

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