Leaders of Asian and Pacific countries gathered to discuss the Cambodian crisis when a two-day conference opened in Djakarta yesterday (Saturday).
Leaders of Asian and Pacific countries gathered to discuss the Cambodian crisis when a two-day conference opened in Djakarta yesterday (Saturday). Latest reports indicate that the conference will refuse appeals for arms supplies by the Cambodian government.
Indonesian Foreign Minister Adam Malik, who initiated the conference, described it as the first step towards negotiating a settlement in Cambodia.
So it was a shock to delegates when, during the opening session, Cambodian Foreign Minister Yem Sam Baur appealed for military and economic aid in his government's fight against North Vietnamese troops in Cambodia.
South Vietnam, one of the 11 countries at the conference, has already sent arms -- and troops -- into Cambodia. Delegates from several other countries made it clear that they opposed the idea of sending further arms shipments into the country.
Instead, the majority of leaders were in favour of drafting a joint communique which included a call for the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Cambodia.
Other leaders at the conference included Australian Foreign Minister William McMahon, Philippine Foreign Secretary Carlos Romulo, Japanese Foreign Minister Kiichi Aichi, and one Premier -- New Zealand Prime Minister Keith Holyoake.