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N E W S R E L E A S E

N o D5 D A T E l”8 April 1980

FIFTH ASEAN-AUSTRALIA FORUM

Following is text of joint press statement released

in Jakarta on Thursday 17 April 1980.

THE FIFTH MEETING OF THE AGEAN-AUSTRAL I A FORUH WAS HELD IN JAKARTA ON Ι ό AND 17 A P R I L , 1 9 6 0 , TO REVIEW DEVELOPMENTS IN ASEAN- AUSTRAL I A RELATIONS. THE MEETING WAS MARKED BY THE FRIENDLY AND CORDIAL ATMOSPHERE OF THE DISCUSSIONS.

THE ASEAN DELEGATIONS WERE LED BY MR KASSIM HUSSEIN, DIRECTOR- GENERAL , ASEAN MALAYSIA. , HR UMARJADI NJOTOWIJONO, DIRECTOR-GENERAL, ASEAN- INDONESIA. , MR SI ME HIDALGO, D Ϊ R ECTOR- GENERAL , ASEAN- PHIL I P - P I N E S , , MR ABDUL A Z I Z BI N MAHMOOD, DIRECTOR-GENERAL ASEAN-5 1NGAPORE AND MR ORACHUN TANAPHONG, ACTING DIRECTOR-GENERAL, ASEAN-THAILAND.

THE AUSTRALIAN DELEGATION WAS LED BY MR A . R . PARSONS, DEPUTY SECRE­ TARY, DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS.

HIS EXCELLENCY DATUM ALI ABDULLAH, SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE ASFAN SECRETARIAT, AND HIS EXCELLENCY WICIIET SUTHAYAXHQM, AMBASSADOR OF THAILAND TO AUSTRALIA, IN HI S CAPACITY AS CHAIRMAN OF THE ASFAN CANBERRA COMMITTEE ( A C C ) , WERE ALSO IN ATTENDANCE.

H I S EXCELLENCY PROFESSOR DR MOCHTAR KU5UMAATMADJA, FOREIGN MINISTER FOR THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA, O F F IC IA LL Y OPENED THE MEETING AND WELCOMED THE AUSTRALIAN DELEGATION AND ASEAN DELEGATIONS ON BEHALF OF THE INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT.

IN HIS OPENING ADDRESS THE FOREIGN MINISTER NOTED WITH CONCERN THAT THE BACKDROP TO THE FIFTH MEETING OF THE ASEAN-AUSTRAL I A FORUM WAS ONE 0Γ TIDE WORSENING WORLD SI TU ATI ON. ML RECALLED THAT ASEAN HAD CONSISTENTLY EMPHASIZED THE NEED FOR ALL STATES TO STRICTLY OBSERVE THE PRINCIPLES OF RESPECT FOR THE SOVEREIGNTY, TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY AND INDEPENDENCE OF STATES, AND NON-RESORT TO FORCE OR THREAT OF THE USE OF FORCE, AND NON INTERFERENCE IN THE INTERNAL AFFAIRS 0Γ OTHER STATES. ASEAN HAD ALSO EMPHASIZED THE NECESSITY FOR THE KAMPUCHEAN

PEOPLE TO DETERMINE ITS PO LITIC AL FUTURE WITHOUT FOREIGN INTERFER­ ENCE, COERCION OR I N T I M I D A T I O N . THE PROBLEM OF INDONCHINESE REFUGEES WAS ALSO CAUSING REAL HARDSHIP TO THAILAND, AND OTHER ASEAN COUN­

TR IE S . THE SOVIET OCCUPATION OF AFGHANISTAN, THE PROBLEM OF U . S . HOSTAGES IN IRAN, AND THE WORSENING MIDDLE EAST SITUATION WERE ALSO CAUSES FOR CONCERN. DESPITE THIS OMINOUS BACKDROP, ASEAN WAS DETER- ' MINED TO CO--GPERATL WITH COUNTRIES SUCH AS AUDI R A L I A IN HELPING ASEAN MAINTAIN PEACE AND S T A B I L I T Y IN SOUTH EAST A S I A . THE FOREIGN M I N I S TER NOTED THAT ALMOST ALL THE PROGRAMMES UNDER THE ASEAN-AUSTRALIA FORUM WERE BEING IMPLEMENTED. WHILE APPRECIATING AUSTR ALIA 'S

CO-OPERATION, ASLAN HOPED THAT ITS SHARE IN BILATERAL TRADE WITH AUSTRALIA WOULD BL INCREASED.

THE MEETING CONSIDERED AND ADOPTED THE FIRST REPORT OF THE A5EAN- AUSTRALIA CONSULTATIVE MEETING (.A A CM) . IT AGREED THAT THE AACM HAD DEVELOPED INTO A FLEXIBL E AND CONSTRUCTIVE MECHANISM AND COMMENDED THE AACM FOR ITS VALUABLE EFFORTS IN F A C I L I T A T I N G THE CONDUCT OF

ASEAN-AUSTRALIA RELATIONS. .

THE ASEAN DELEGATIONS WELCOMED THE ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE LEADER OF ' THE AUSTRALIAN DELEGATION THAT AU STR ALI A' S COMMITMENT UNDER THE ASEAN-AUSTRAL IA ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION PROGRAMME (AAECP) HAD BEEN INCREASED BY DOLLARS AlIGT. 4 . 0 M ILLION TO DOLLARS AUST. 3 4 . 5 M I L L I O N .

IT WAS AGREED THAT, OF THE DOLLARS AUST. 4 . 8 M I L L I O N , DOLLARS 4 M ILL IO N WOULD BE USED TO FINANCE AN EXPANDED TRADE AND INVESTMENT PROGRAMME, DOLLARS AUST. ΑΠΟ, 0 0 FOR EDUCATION PROJECT AND DOLLARS AUST. 1 0 0 , 0 0 0 FOIL THE POPULATION PROJECT. IT WAS AGREED THAT THE REMAINING DOLLARS AUST. 1 0 0 , 0 0 0 WOULD BE USED TO FINANCE A F E A S I ­ B I L I T Y STUDY INTO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN ASEAN REGIONAL ANIMAL

QUARANTINE CENTRE.

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THE MEETING NOTED WITH SATISFACTION THE PROGRESS THAT HAD BEEN ACHIEVED IN THE PROJECTS UNDER THE AftTCP, PARTICULARLY IN THE FLLOWING:

ft. ftEEftN FOOD HANDLING PROJECT D. ASEAN PROTEIN PROJECT 0. AGEAN DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION PROJECT D. ASEAN CONSUMER PROTECTION AGENCY -

E . ASEAN FOOD WASTE MATERIALS PROJECT AND F. ASEAN POPULATION PROGRAMME

AGREEMENT WAS REACHED ON THE TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR THE ASEAN- AUSTRAL. I A JOINT RESEARCH PROJECT, THE AIM OF WHICH I S TO ESTABLISH A SOUND BASIS FOR A LONG TERM ECONOMIC RELATINSHIP BETWEEN ASEAN AND AUSTRALIA. I T WAS AGREED THAT Ί HE FIRST STEP IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROJECT WOULD BE THE CONVENING OF A MEETING OF EXPERTS TO BE HELD IN CANBERRA AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. __

WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE AAL'CP, THE MEETING NOTED THAT ASEAN HAD I D E N T I F I E D CERTAIN PRIORITY AREAS FOR NON-CONVENT IONAL. ENERGY RESEARCH. THE MEETING WAS INFORMED THAT A FURTHER MEETING Of THE ASEAN WORKING GROUP ON NON-CONVENT IONAL ENERGY WOULD BE CONVENED TO F I N A L I Z E THE AGEAN PROPOSAL FOR PRESENTATION TO AUSTRALIA.

REFLECTING THE IMPORTANCE OF' THE TRADING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ASEAN AND AUSTRALIA, DETAILED DISCUSSIONS·' TOOK PLACE ON TRADE ISSUES OF MUTUAL INTEREST.

AGREEMENT WAS REACHED ON A TRADE AND INVESTMENT PROMOTION PROGRAM TO BE FINANCED BY AUSTRALIA TO F A C I L I T A T E THE DEVELPMENT OF ASEAN EXPORTS TO AUSTRALIA AND TO ENCOURAGE AUSTRALIAN INVESTMENT IN ASEAN.

THE FORtJM NOTED THAT THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT WAS PRESENTLY CON­ DUCTING A REVIEW OF THE HANDICRAFT CONCESSION AND THAT ASEAN'S INTEREST IN TH IS MATTER WOULD BE TAKEN FULLY INTO ACCOUNT. I T WEL­ COMED A U ST R AL IA 'S WILLINGNESS TO CONSIDER ASEAN'S REQUEST TO REMOVE THE 1 2 - 1 / 2 PERCENT IMPORT SURCHARGE ON CERTAIN ASEAN EXPORTS TO AUSTRALIA.

CONSTRUCTIVE DISCUSSIONS TOOK PLACE ON THE QUESTIONS OF THE AUSTRALIAN SYSTEM OF TARIFF PREFERENCES, THE EARLY WARNING SYSTEM (WHICH HAD BEEN ESTABLISHED AT THE PREVIOUS FORUM MEETING IN CAN­ BERRA) AND AUST R AL IA 'S RECENT DECISION ON TARIFF ASSISTANCE TO I T S

FURNITURE INDUSTRY. THE FORUM NOTED THE GREAT IMPORTANCE ASEAN PLACED ON THE OUTCOME OF THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT'S CONSIDERATION OF THE IMMINENT REPORT OF THE INDUSTRIES ASSISTANCE COMMISSION ON TE X T I L E S , CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR.

THE MEETING NOTED THAT ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE SECOND ASEAN TRADE FAIR IN MELBOURNE IN AUGUST THIS YEAR WERE PROCEEDING SATISFACTORILY.

THE MEETING AGREED THAT CO·OPERATION BETWEEN THE ASEAN AND AUSTRALIAN PRIVATE SECTORS IS AN IMPORTANT COMPLEMENT TO CO-OPERATION AT THE GOVERNMENT LEVEL. THE MEETING WELCOMED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE ASEAN CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY AND THE

CONFEDERATION OF AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRY AND AUSTRALIAN CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE. .

THE MEETING WELCOMED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF LINKS BETWEEN THE ASEAN INTER· PARLIAMENTARY ORGANIZATION AND THE AUSTRALIAN PARLIAMENT.

IT WAS AGREED THAT THE NEXT MEETING OF THE ASEAN--ALIBI RALIA FORUM BE HELD IN AUSTRALIA IN 1981 AT A VENUE AND DATE TO PE DECIDED.

THE DELEGATES FROM AUSTRALIA, MALAYSIA, THE P H I L I P P I N E S , SINGA­ PORE AND THAILAND EXPRESSED THEIR S I N CERE AND WARM APPRECIATION TO THE GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE OF INDONESIA FOR THE F A C I L I T I E S ACCORDED THEM AND THE EXCELLENT ARRANGEMENTS MADE FOR THE MEETING.