A day of talks between President Suharto of Indonesia and Malaysia's Prime Minister Datuk Hussein Onn ended on Thursday (18 May) with the two leaders expressing concern that the continuing border conflict between Vietnam and Cambodia could lead to regional instability.
A day of talks between President Suharto of Indonesia and Malaysia's Prime Minister Datuk Hussein Onn ended on Thursday (18 May) with the two leaders expressing concern that the continuing border conflict between Vietnam and Cambodia could lead to regional instability. The position of the oil rich Sultanate of Brunei the Moslem rebellion in the southern Philippines, and communist insurgency also figured prominently in the talks.
SYNOPSIS: The two leaders met on the east Malaysian island of Labuan, which was inherited from the British on formation of the Malaysian federation in 1963.
President Suharto's visit to Labuan is the first by an Indonesian President since Indonesia confronted Malaysia over the incorporation of the states of Sabah and Sarawack into its federation. (SEQ 1)
After a red carpet welcome led by Datuk Hussein, talks between the two leaders began immediately.
In a communique afterwards, both sides felt that unless Vietnam and cambodia reached an amicable settlement, their border fighting could lead to instability in the region. Indonesia and Malaysia, which are both leading members of the non-communist Association of Sough east Asian Nations, have previously stated that Vietnam and Cambodia should end the fighting without interference from outside powers.
No details were released about discussions concerning Brunei, but Datuk Hussein told reporters that Malaysia had no designs on the Sultanate and said the affairs of the state should be decided by the people of Brunei.
During their discussions on the continuing rebellion by Moslem rebels in the southern Philippines, President Suharto and Datuk Hussein agreed that efforts to reach a peace settlement should be made by the Islamic Conference.
After two rounds of talks lasting 21 hours, President Suharto returned to Jakarta where he's expected to have similar talks soon with Singapore's Lee Kwan Yew. (SEQ 2-7)