Leaders of five South East Asian non-communist nations have signed a treaty of friendship and co-operation.
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In Bali, Indonesia, the leaders of five non-communist nations met at a special summit conference. The five nations are all members of the Association of South East Asian Nations, Known as ASEAN. President Suharto of Indonesia welcomed the other leaders to the conference.
Another of the representatives attending the conference is the Malaysian Prime Minister, Datuk Hussein Onn. ASEAN was formed eight years ago as a counter balance against the new emerging communist nations in the region. The five leaders -- the other three being President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines and Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore, and Prime Minister Kukrit Pramoj of Thailand -- signed a treaty of friendship at the meeting.
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Background: Leaders of five South East Asian non-communist nations have signed a treaty of friendship and co-operation.
The signing of the treaty came at the opening session of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Bali, Indonesia, on Monday (23 February).
ASEAN was formed eight years ago as a counter balance against the new emerging communist nations in the region.
The five leaders who signed the treaty are Presidents Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines and Suharto of Indonesia and Prime Ministers lee Kuan Yew of Singapore, Kukrit Pramoj of Thailand and Datuk Hussein Onn of Malaysia.
However, despite the signing of the treaty and its expression of friendship between the countries concerned the document was signed individually by the five nations rather than as an ASEAN statement. The treaty leaves the agreement open to other states in the South East Asian region. Observers at the conference see this as an invitation to communist countries to sign the treaty at some future time.
The treaty is believed to contain two main points; a zone of neutrality within the region and a long term trade agreement.