Britain and Indonesia on Wednesday (14 November) called for international action to resolve the situation in Indochina, which threatens the stability of Southeast Asia.
Britain and Indonesia on Wednesday (14 November) called for international action to resolve the situation in Indochina, which threatens the stability of Southeast Asia. The joint statement was issued in London on the second day of a four-day official visit by Indonesian President Suharto, and came after two hours of talks with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Indonesia is Southeast Asia's largest and most populous country.
SYNOPSIS: President Suharto arrived at the Prime Minister's residence late Wednesday afternoon. He was accompanied to London by his wife Tien and Foreign Minister Wijoyo Nitisastro.
They had arrived on Tuesday (13 November) to a stake welcome, and were driven to Buckingham Palace in an open coach accompanied by Queen Elizabeth.
Opposition to President Suharto's visit has been voiced by British campaign groups calling for the release of thousands of Prisoners held without trial in Indonesia since the abortive Communist coup in 1965. During the talks a group of opposition parliamentarians delivered a petition denouncing Indonesia's incorporation of the former Portuguese Colony of East Timor in 1976. British officials said the issue was not discussed at Wednesday's meeting but could have been covered in earlier private talks with Mrs. Thatcher. Both the British government and Queen Elizabeth praised the common stand taken by ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) on the Vietnamese invasion of Kampuchea and the refugee problem.