ASEAN rejects Cambodian membership
Laos, Burma inducted into group
July 23, 1997
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (CNN) -- The Association of South East
Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Wednesday reaffirmed its decision to
postpone Cambodia's membership indefinitely because of the
recent coup there.
The foreign minister of Malaysia, host nation of the ASEAN
meeting, said the organization still considered
as Cambodia's First Prime Minister, even
though he was ousted by Co-Prime Minister Hun Sen earlier
"We feel there is still instability in Cambodia, and we
reaffirmed our decision not to induct Cambodia," said
Malaysian Foreign Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
The statement was unusual for the 30-year-old group, which
has had a long-standing policy of non-interference in the
international affairs of other countries.
During Wednesday's meeting, ASEAN formally admitted Laos and
Burma. The ceremonies initially were to have included
Cambodia as well. The other members are Malaysia, Indonesia,
Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Brunei and Thailand.
Cambodia's Hun Sen last week rejected ASEAN mediation to
solve the political crisis by accusing the group of meddling
in Cambodia's internal affairs.
Cambodia was thrown into turmoil earlier this month when
Second Prime Minister Hun Sen overthrew Ranariddh after two
days of intense fighting in the capital Phnom Penh.
Hun Sen has backed Cambodian Foreign Minister Ung Huot to
Adbullah indicated that the nomination was in question.
"The position of prime minister still remains unresolved," he
"At the moment, as far as we are concerned, Prince
Ranariddh is still first prime minister, and no new prime
minister is coming up," he said.
However, on Wednesday, the Ung Huot welcomed ASEAN mediation
efforts and repeated that Cambodia did want to join the ASEAN
Cambodia still has observer status at ASEAN meetings, despite
Analysts say ASEAN's latest moves show there may be changes
in its policy of constructive engagement and its will to act
as a political organization.
Correspondent Maria Ressa and Reuters contributed to this report.
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- Deposed Cambodian asks U.N. to shun 'illegal' government - July 10, 1997
- Hun Sen claims no coup in Cambodia - July 10, 1997
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