A three-nation meeting to settle the Malaysia dispute appears to be in the offing as a result of Attorney General Robert Kennedy's trip to the Far East as a trouble-shooter for President Johnson.
Mrs. and Mrs. Kennedy arriving at Seoul Airport
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Background: A three-nation meeting to settle the Malaysia dispute appears to be in the offing as a result of Attorney General Robert Kennedy's trip to the Far East as a trouble-shooter for President Johnson.
A joint communique issued today, (20 January) after a meeting in Manila between Kennedy and Philippines President Diosdado Macapagal, said prospects for a meeting to settle the dispute were encouraging.
En route to Manila from Tokyo, where he conferred with Indonesian President Sukarno, Kennedy -- brother of the lat U.S. President -- stopped off in Korea for a brief visit. He and his wife, Ethel, landed at Seoul and then proceeded to the front lines where they toured trenches and bunkers guarding the truce line. In freezing weather, Kennedy at one point dropped to his hands and knees and crawled into a fortified observation post overlooking Communist North Korean fortifications on the other side of no-man's land. Before joining her husband at the front, Mrs. Kennedy passed out gifts at a children's hospital in Seoul.
From Manila, Kennedy is flying tomorrow (21 January) to Malaysia to meet with Prime Minister Tengku Abdul Rahman.
The three-nation meeting presumably would bring a confrontation of Sukarno, Macapagal and Rahman.