Indonesia and Malaysia have called on all parties in the Indochina dispute to solve their differences peacefully.
Indonesia and Malaysia have called on all parties in the Indochina dispute to solve their differences peacefully. The appeal came at the end of talks on Tuesday (6 March) between Indonesian President Suharto and Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Hussein Onn.
SYNOPSIS: The talks were held in the historic central Java city of Yogyakarta, site of the massive Borobudur Temple.... and eighth century Buddhist shrine now being restored with assistance from the United Nations.
At the state guest house, the two leaders discussed at length the conflict in Indochina, the growing problem of Vietnamese refugees and issues of bilateral concern between the two ASEAN countries.
At the end of this talks with President Suharto on Tuesday (6 March) Datuk Hussein told reporters both their countries were very concerned over the developments in Indochina because they could have implications for peace and security in the whole region.
Both leaders also called on the big powers to exercise restraint and avoid taking any actions that could result in an escalation of the conflicts.
On the problem of Vietnamese refugees pouring into South East Asian countries, Datuk Hussein said his government was grateful for Indonesia's offer to make an island available for the "boat people" as processing centre on a temporary basis until the refugees have found permanent asylum in third countries.
Datuk Hussein added that Indonesia's offer would be implemented only if and when a firm agreement had been reached between Jakarta the governments of developed nations and the United Nations commission for Refugees on the terms and conditions of the use of the processing centre.
He said Malaysia has already taken in more then 53,000 boat people and was not walling to take in anymore.