In Singapore on Thursday (13 April), Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew arrived to address the fifth ministerial meeting of the Association of South Asia Nations (ASEAN).
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SCU Vietnam delegate
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Background: In Singapore on Thursday (13 April), Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew arrived to address the fifth ministerial meeting of the Association of South Asia Nations (ASEAN).
Foreign Ministers of the five member nations -- Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore - were later to recognise the need for closer co-operation in view of what was termed "the important changes" in the relations between world powers.
Prime Minister Lee, in his speech at the opening session, stressed the need for mutual development in Southeast Asia.
Delegations from the Khmer Republic and from South Vietnam attended the session as observers, although it is widely thought they may be invited to join ASEAN as full members in the near future.
A special co-ordinating committee was established during the two-day session to prepare early talks with the European Economic Community in order to safeguard the interests of ASEAN countries in the Common Market.
The ministers decided to hold the sixth ASEAN meeting in Thailand.