Foreign Ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) called for a reassessment of ASEAN's place in the region following communist military victories in Indochina.
GV Razak and other Asian ministers
GV Romulo seated, followed by Choonhavan
SV Rajaratnam speaking with Asian official
SV Indonesian delegates seated
SV Filipino delegates seated
GV Rajaratnam speaking
SV Thai delegate listening
SV Malaysian delegate listening
CU Rajaratnam speaking
GV Delegates listening
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Background: Foreign Ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) called for a reassessment of ASEAN's place in the region following communist military victories in Indochina.
The Ministers expressed their views at the three-day annual ASEAn conference, which started in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday (13 May).
Major differences emerged in the Ministers' opening statements after Malaysian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tun Abdul Razak began the talks with an offer of friendship to indochina and an invitation to the communist countries to join ASEAn in securing regional peace.
The Philippines Foreign Secretary, Carlos Romulo, spoke of a possible realignment of forces in Southeast Asia following the American withdrawal from Indochina.
But Singapore's Foreign Minister, S. Rajaratnam, took a different view, saying ASEAN's assessment of policies should not be based on the "presumption" that the United States and other powers were not withdrawing from the region.