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    INDONESIA AND MALAYSIA APPEAR TO BE ON THE VERGE OF PEACE TALKS. YESTERDAY (17TH MAY),?

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    INDONESIA AND MALAYSIA APPEAR TO BE ON THE VERGE OF PEACE TALKS. YESTERDAY (17TH MAY), THE INDONESIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, MR ADAM MALIK, DECLARED HIS COUNTRY'S WILLINGNESS TO MEET MALAYSIA FOR TALKS FOR THE END TO THE CONFRONTATION BEGUN BY INDONESIA THREE YEARS AGO. AND TODAY (WEDNESDAY), THE MALAYSIAN CABINET DECIDED TO ASK THEIR DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER, TUN ABDUL RAZAK, TO MEET MR MALIK FOR IMMEDIATE TALKS. MEANWHILE, HOWEVER, INDONESIAN CONTINIES ITS BORNEO BUILD UP FOR MILITARY FORCES ALONG THE 1,000-MILE BORDER WITH EAST MALAYSIA.

    THE TROOPS WERE SAID TO HAVE VOLUNTEERED FROM ALL WALKS OF INDONESIAN LIFE FOR SERVICE IN BORNEO. AFTER SEVERAL MONTHS OF RIGOROUS TRAINING IN JUNGLE WARFARE, THE TROOPS LEFT ABOARD THE SS SAPUDI, ON MONDAY (16TH MAY).

    DESPITE THE PEACE OVERTURES, THERE ARE STILL REGULAR EXCHANGES BETWEEN INDONESIAN TROOPS AND MALAYSIAN SECURITY FORCES ALONG THE BORDERS OF SARAWAK AND SABAH, THE TWO STATES THAT MAKE UP MALAYSIAN BORNEO. BUT, ALL THE INCIDENTS ARE SAID TO BE MINOR ONES.

    INDONESIA PROPOSED PEACE TALKS ON SUNDAY (15TH MAY), AFTER A FOUR-HOUR MEETING AT PRESIDENT SUKARNO'S SUMMER PALACE, AT BOGOR, NEAR DJAKARTA. A GOVERNMENT STATEMENT SAID, "CONFRONTATION WILL CONTINUE, BUT THE DOOR TO A PEACEFUL SETTLEMENT ON THE BASIS OF THE MANILA AGREEMENTS IS STILL OPEN".

    AT MANILA IN 1963, INDONESIA, THE PHILIPPINES AND MALAYSIA DISCUSSED FORMING A FEDERATION OF "GREATER MAPHILINDO", BUT INDONESIA AND THE PHILIPPINES INSISTED ON SELF-DETERMINATION FOR THE MALAYSIAN BORNEO TERRITORIES.

    NOW, HOWEVER, MR MALIK IS REPORTED TO HAVE SAID THAT NO REFERENDUM WOULD BE NECESSARY TO SETTLE THE FUTURE OF SARAWAK AND SABAH. ALL INDONESIA WANTED, HE SAID, WAS AN INDEPENDENT ASSURANCE THAT THE TERRITORIES WERE IN MALAYSIA BY POPULAR APPROVAL.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA18CNQ3ULLO3UIZIHJ35UBCZ07
    Media URN:
    VLVA18CNQ3ULLO3UIZIHJ35UBCZ07
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/05/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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