Secretary-General Visits South-East Asia, Offers to Assist in Ending Conflict.And Visits United Kingdom

UN Chronicle, January 1985 | Go to article overview

Secretary-General Visits South-East Asia, Offers to Assist in Ending Conflict.And Visits United Kingdom


As Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar left Thailand on 1 February--at the end of the first week of a scheduled three-week visit to Asia and the Pacific--he appealed for a dialogue aimed at a negotiated settlement in South-East Asia.

"My appeal to all is the same: Stop confrontation, start talking, make peace", he declared in a statement made at a press conference in Bangkok before leaving for Malaysia.

Mr. Perez de Cuellar arrived in Thailand on 25 January, and visited the Lao People's Democratic Republic and Viet Nam from 28 to 30 January, where he met with top officials before returning to Thailand. On 31 January, in Bangkok, he also met with leaders of Democratic Kampuchea.

After Malaysia, he is scheduled to visit Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand.

The Secretary-General in his Bangkok press conference also said that he "came to this region as a man of peace in order to evaluate the situation and to see how I could help the parties involved try to settle peacefully the tragic conflict of this region", adding he could not impose a solution but had attempted to find common ground. All parties, he said, had told him they wanted peace and supported his efforts.

"It would be naive of me to think that a quick solution to so complex a problem will be easy, or even possible, in the near future. But I have transmitted to the leaders I have visited important messages of peace." He had received, he said, clarifications which would be "very useful in helping each side to understand the other's point of view".

Stating it was time "to move from words to deed", he said he stood ready to assist all involved to find common ground for a dialogue aimed at a negotiated settlement.

In talks with Thailand's Prime Minister, General Prem Tinsulanonda, and Foreign Minister, Air Chief Marshal Siddhi Savetsila, the Secretary-General said he had come to make an evaluation of the situation, adding that something had to be done as soon as possible to start a negotiation process on the problems of the area. Concerning the problem of displaced persons in Thailand, he said he would continue his active role in mobilizing international assistance.

At A dinner in his honour, the Secretary-General said he had followed with increasing concern the tensions and hostilities which had developed in the Thai-Kampuchea border area. Those events had imposed further deprivation and hardship on the civilian population concerned, demonstrating once again the risks of escalation and wider confrontation inherent to all military operations and underscoring the urgent need for a resolute return to the path of dialogue and negotiation.

While he was aware that dialogue could not and should not be an end in itself, yet it had always been, and would remain, "a fundamental instrument of conflict control and resolution", the Secretary-General said. At the same time, he did not under-estimate the obstacles to the definition of a mutually acceptable basis for a productive dialogue, particularly in the present circumstances. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Secretary-General Visits South-East Asia, Offers to Assist in Ending Conflict.And Visits United Kingdom
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.