In Bangkok, Thai Prime Minister Kukrit Pramoj on Monday (January 26) said that Sri Lanka and Thailand agreed the Indian Ocean should remain a zone of peace.
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Background: In Bangkok, Thai Prime Minister Kukrit Pramoj on Monday (January 26) said that Sri Lanka and Thailand agreed the Indian Ocean should remain a zone of peace.
Mrs. Bandaranaike arrived in Bangkok on Saturday evening from Jakarta for a four-day official visit to Thailand. The Prime Minister and her seven-man party were greeted at the Don Muang International Airport by Prime Minister Kukrit, Foreign Minister Chatichai, members of the diplomatic corps and leaders of Sri Lanka community in Bangkok.
Mrs. Bandaranaike - the first by a Sri Lanka Premier to Thailand - had an hour-long talk with Thai Prime Minister Kukrit Pramoj at the Government House on Monday.
Sri Lanka and Thailand agreed the Indian Ocean should remain a zone of peace, and the two countries do not wish to see the area used as an area for an arms race and confrontation, Kukrit said. But he added that there was little the small countries could do if superpowers failed to heed this opinion.
Mr. Kukrit said the issue of Indian Ocean security will not be included in the summit conference of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Bali next month.
"Such a move would involve consideration of specific military steps to be taken, which would turn the regional grouping into an organization similar to SEATO," he said.
The Sri Lanka Prime Minister is due to have an audience with King Bhumibol Adulyadej in the northern city of Chang Mai before flying to Rangoon on Wednesday.