Leaders of five non-Communist south-east Asian nations were due in Bali, Indonesia on Sunday (22 February) for the first ever meeting of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
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Background: Leaders of five non-Communist south-east Asian nations were due in Bali, Indonesia on Sunday (22 February) for the first ever meeting of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The impetus for the meeting, the first since ASEAN was founded eight years ago, was a feeling that the five nations -- Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines -- needed to strengthen economic and political ties, especially since communist victories in Indochina.
Foreign Ministers of the five countries have been holding a preliminary meeting and Indonesian Foreign Minister Adam Malik said on Sunday morning "All is set and the summit will be a success".
The main problem according to Conference sources has been Malaysian fears that a system of arbitration disputes contained in the treaty might be used to deal with the Philippines claim on Sabah, east Malaysia. But difficulties over continuing military bases in thailand and the Philippines postponed further discussions.
The heads of government will discuss security in the region. conference sources said the subject was certain to be mentioned in the "Bali declaration" to be signed at the end of the two day summit. There has also been agreement that ASEAN should not become a military pact which might be seen as provocative by the communist countries of Indochina who have not responded to an invitation to join ASEAN.