Vietnam's military occupation of Kampuchea emerged as a major issue in talks between members of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the European Community.
GV Thai Foreign Minister Siddhi Savetsila walking into room with other delegates, CUAWAY of meeting logo (2 shots)
SVs Delegates seated round conference table (5 shots)
SV Belgian Foreign Minister Leo Tindemans presenting Thai Foreign Minister with grand award of honour from King Baudouin.
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Background: Vietnam's military occupation of Kampuchea emerged as a major issue in talks between members of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the European Community. At the two-day meeting, held in Bangkok, Thailand's Foreign Minister, Air Vice Marshal Siddhi Savetsila, appealed to the 10-member European Community to send clear signals urging Vietnam to "abandon its adventuristic effort" in Kampuchea. ASEAN'S five member countries, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines, want to ensure the community doesn't resume aid to Vietnam while Hanoi's estimated 180-thousand troops remain in Kampuchea.
In his opening address, Thai Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda, indirectly reproached the Europeans over their trade policy. He said that protectionism, particularly in agriculture, was self-defeating and would not resolve economic and international problems. It's a view the Community rejects, believing it has a good record on trade with developing countries, and in keeping the world's trading system open. The community, however, is concerned with its mounting trade deficit with ASEAN and the five nations' penetration of European markets with manufactured good and textiles. Semi-official figure shows that ASEAN exports to the community last year were worth 13.5 billion US dollars against imports of 7.5 billion dollars. At the same time, ASEAN wants the community to invest more in the region to counter the encroaching influence of the Japanese. Day one of the talks was marked by a short ceremony in which Belgian Foreign Minister, Leo Tindemans, presented Siddhi Savetsila, who is also chairman of ASEAN, with the Grand Award of Honour from Belgium's King Baudouin.