JAKARTA, May 9 (Bernama) — Asean leaders have asked Thailand and Cambodia to settle their border dispute through negotiations and in the spirit of Asean friendship.
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak said the dispute drew the attention of the 18th Asean summit here and Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as Asean chairman met the prime ministers of the two countries.
“We are convinced that Indonesia as chairman of Asean can be the facilitator to ensure that discussions and negotiations are the best way to seek settlement,” the Prime Minister told Malaysian journalists here at the end of the summit.
On the request of Myanmar to take its turn as Asean chairman in 2014, Najib said that Yudhoyono would visit that country to make his assessment.
“We constantly encourage and ask Myanmar to continue its agenda of national reconciliation,” he added.
On the application of Timor Leste to join Asean, Najib said that many of the leaders agreed because its location qualified it for membership in the grouping.
He said that Asean Foreign Ministers would take into consideration the capacity of Timor Leste and the timing of the application in light of the aim of establishing an Asean Community by 2015.
In the sidelines of the summit, Najib met Yudhoyono to discuss bilateral matters, including the heavy sentence passed on six Malaysian fishermen accused of trespassing into Indonesian waters.
“He has not received a full report, will receive the report, and will make the best decision possible in the matter,” Najib said.
Source : Bernama