Above, Jamalul Kiram III, the self-proclaimed sultan of the Philippine island-province of Sulu, is greeted by an imam at his home in Taguig City, Philippines, on March 7. On the same day, Kiram told his supporters to stand down following a week of deadly skirmishes with Malaysian forces. Several hundred men belonging to the so-called "Royal Army of Sulu" staged an invasion of the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah, which Kiram claims as part of his sultanate, about a month ago, but this week the Malaysian government sent troops against the armed group, killing dozens. A spokesman for the sultan said they were declaring a "unilateral ceasefire" in response to a call by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to end the violence and find a peaceful solution to the conflict. Malaysia rejected the call for a ceasefire, demanding unconditional surrender from Kiram III and his clan.