The Association of South East Asian Nations, comprising Thailand, Indochina, the Philippines, Singapore, and Malaysia, has called for an end to the fighting in Indochina and the withdrawal of all foreign forces from the areas of conflict.
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TRANSCRIPT (MOCHTAR) "The ASEAN countries have noted with grave concern and anxiety that since the foreign Minister's Meeting in Bangkok on 12-13 January 1979, the situation in the region has seriously deteriorated. Mounting frictions and growing tensions in and around the region have erupted into an escalation or armed activities and a widening on the conflict area. The ASEAN countries reiterate their firm commitment to the principles of peaceful co-existence, to the Charter of the UN and to the accepted principles of international law. In order to avoid further disruption of peace and stability in the South East Asia region, the ASEAN countries urgently appeal to the conflicting parties to cease all hostilities and urge that all foreign forces be withdrawn from all areas of conflict in Indochina. The ASEAN counties furthermore appeal to powers outside the region to exercise the utmost restraint and refrain from any acts which may lead to a further escalation and widening of the conflict."
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Background: The Association of South East Asian Nations, comprising Thailand, Indochina, the Philippines, Singapore, and Malaysia, has called for an end to the fighting in Indochina and the withdrawal of all foreign forces from the areas of conflict.
SYNOPSIS: The call come in a statement issued on Tuesday (20 February) in Hong Kong by the Indonesian Foreign Minister Mochtar Kusumaatmadja following consultations with his ASEAN counterparts. (SEQ 1)
Meanwhile, the Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Hussein Onn, who arrived in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai on Monday (19 February), began three days of talks of the Indochina fighting with his thai counterpart General Kriangsak Chamanand.
Thai Foreign Minister Upadit Pachariyangkun said a joint statement was expected at the conclusion of the meeting on Wednesday (21 february).
Informed sources said joint military operations to suppress communist guerillas along the Thai/Malay border would also be discussed.
Malaysia has already expressed unhappiness over the outbreak of hostilities between china and Vietnam and urged all parties concerned not to take any action that would worsen the situation. (SEQ 3-6)