13 May '11, 9pm

How About a Singapore-Jakarta Consensus?

Expectations ran high as leaders met last weekend in Jakarta for the 18th Association of South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit. However, the 10-member regional organisation has left two key issues unresolved - including the ongoing conflict surrounding the 900-year-old Preah Vihear temple at the Thai-Cambodian border that has claimed 18 lives and Timor-Leste's formal request for admission into its fold this year. All eyes were on ASEAN's current chair, Indonesia, to capitalise on its political clout and push for a breakthrough on key decisions that member states have stonewalled on in previous meetings. And indeed, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa demonstrated unprecedented leadership in his efforts to mediate the Preah Vihear temple dispute between Cambodia and Thailand, managing to elicit a joint agreement from these countries which envisions a 30-member In...

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