Malaysia told Vietnam on Wednesday (27 June) that it must help to solve the huge problems posed for the country by 75,000 Vietnamese refugees.
Malaysia told Vietnam on Wednesday (27 June) that it must help to solve the huge problems posed for the country by 75,000 Vietnamese refugees. Informed sources said Malaysian officials also stressed in talks with Hanoi's special Envoy, Mai Van Bo that Vietnam would have to accept that it was the source of the refugee problem. After two days of talks, Malaysia announced that it had rejected Vietnamese proposals for the refugees.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Mai Van Bo arrived at Subang Airport in Kuala Lumpur from Jakarta, where he held similar talks with Indonesian officials.
Vietnam has said it is ready to accept Vietnamese who admit they left the country illegally and are willing to fit into society. But, on Thursday (June 28), the Malaysian Home Minister Tan Sri Ghagali Shafie reported that the talks had failed. He said the Vietnamese Envoy had insisted that a 7-point United Nations plan would reduce the exodus of refugees. Malaysia says the UN plan is not broad enough.
According to a Malaysian Government spokesman, security forces have turned away thirteen thousand boat people in the first week of implementing a tougher policy towards them. A Malaysian plan unveiled on Wednesday night (27 JUNE) claimed the right to repatriate Vietnamese refugees already in the country and send any new comers back to sea. Malaysia has urged the United States to process refugees on American soil instead of in Malaysia.