South East Asian Foreign Ministers attending a five-nation conference in Bali are determined to form a common front to tackle the Indo-china refugee problem.
South East Asian Foreign Ministers attending a five-nation conference in Bali are determined to form a common front to tackle the Indo-china refugee problem. This has been discussed in two days of talks by ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which groups Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, singapore and thailand. On Sunday (1 July) the five Asean ministers were joined by the foreign ministers of Japan, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and the EEC countries to discuss the ASEAN conference ultimatum...unless other countries take immediate action, the ASEAN nations will begin to expel the refugees.
SYNOPSIS: Malaysian Foreign Minister Ahmad Rithauddeen Ismail has already threatened to carry out the ASEAN conference ultimatum.
At the conference, US Secretary of State Cyrus Vance said his country was committed morally and by treaty to support the ASEAN nations. He said Vietnam's policy of systematic expulsion was a major source of the refugee problem, which posed a serious challenge to ASEAN nations and the world.