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Prime Minister's reply to Husseon Onn - five plus three meeting



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. ■ ' PlffilE H H S T ^ L IH iO O lli TEASER'S REPLY

• : Φθ HUSSEEN 0 1 . FITE PLUS THREE MEETING .

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o f A S E u 1 s t e n t h a n n iv e r s a r y . . .

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v a r y in g from no a c c e s s a t a l l f o r seme c o m p e titiv e p ro d u c ts t o l e s s e r

r e s t r i c t i o n s i n h i b i t i n g th e flo w o f t r a d e betw een c o u n t r i e s . T hese

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r e g a r d to t r a d e i n co m m o d ities. The i s s u e s in v o lv e d in c lu d in g th e

p o s s i b l e e s ta b lis h m e n t o f a common fu n d w i l l be g iv e n c lo s e

a t t e n t i o n a t th e fo rth c o m in g UNCTAD C o n feren c e i n November.

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p r i c e s t a b i l i s a t i o n . The work o f t h i s group s h o u ld a s s i s t d is c u s s io n s

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o f o u r r e l a t i o n s h i p s . I t i s an h i s t o r i c o c c a s io n . I b e l ie v e t h a t

g iv e n th e g o o d w ill w hich h a s b e e n e v id e n t b etw ee n u s a l l t h i s

a f te r n o o n th e d is c u s s io n s we w i l l h o ld to d a y and o v e r th e n e x t two

d a y s w i l l have th e m ost im p o rta n t lo n g -te rm i m p lic a tio n s f o r th e

d ev elo p m en ts o f a fram e we r k o f c o o p e r a tiv e , i m a g in a t iv e , and

m u tu a lly b e n e f i c i a l r e l a t i o n s b etw een th e c o u n t r i e s o f ASEAN and

t h e i r n e ig h b o u rs .

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