"Our Malatian forces will undertake purely defensive operations only. But Equanter must know it will pay a high price for mistreating Malatians in its Eastern Province."
Equanter's ambassador to Malatia, His Excellency Prince Dunno Noting, has meanwhile raised the concerns of having 100,000 Malatian troops near its border. "This is an act of aggression which does not calm down the situation," said Prince Noting. " I will meet with the Malatian Foreign Minister to discuss how best to reduce the tension. It will be good if we can discuss the crisis over a good meal, as the saying goes - a hungry man is an angry man."
Observers noted the Malatian army units deployed along the border had adopted offensive oriented postures. In some places, armoured divisions had been moved close to within 2 km from the border with Equanter. The elite commando RDF (Rapid Deployment Force) unit has also been deployed near the border. These troops from RDF were normally used for major offensive operations.
Many security analysts are fearful that Malatia will take advantage of the crisis to control the region through military conquests. "Malatia has a grand vision based on its historical belief that the Kingdom of Equanter, Kingdom of Lego and Kingdom of Fabu should be vassal states under its control: said Professor Ken Sem V, Chancellor of Philosophy and Human Rights of the Equanter Royal University.
"What we are seeing is the growth of Malatia as a regional military power, and its assertiveness to protect overseas Malatians. I am a very philosophical person. I want peace but am afraid war is possible".