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.
GV: official building in Bali, Indonesia. with ASEAN nation flags flying. (2 shots)
CU: Malaysian Foreign Minister, Ahmad Rithauddeen Ismail, speaking in English
ISMAIL: "As it is now, our Government's policy is that we push away the refugees that come within our territorial waters. And we have agreed this morning, among the ASEAN foreign minister to act in concert, to act in unity with coordination all the action to push away these refugees or illegal immigrants that come to the waters of the ASEAN countries."
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Background: 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.