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Jakarta Post

ASEAN to review Timor Leste’s bid

  • Abdul Khalik and Mustaqim Adamrah

    The Jakarta Post

Nusa Dua, Bali   /   Thu, November 17 2011   /  09:05 am

The path for Timor Leste to join ASEAN is clear now that ASEAN has formed a working group to review the readiness of the country to join the grouping, despite Singapore’s continued rejection of the application.

“ASEAN ministers welcome Timor Leste’s application. We have formed a working group to review the roadmap Timor Leste will take to become a member based on the ASEAN Declaration,” Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa told a press briefing.

Timor Leste submitted its revised proposal of formal application for full membership of the bloc to the current chair of ASEAN, Indonesia, on Tuesday.

Previously, Timor Leste’s application had always faced rejection from Singapore, which argued that the country would hinder ASEAN’s moves toward a community by 2015.

Singapore proposed that a working group be set up to create criteria as a basis for ...