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Timor Leste as Asean member?

/ 04:47 AM April 27, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR—Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario on Sunday said it was “high time” for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to accept Timor-Leste as the 11th member of the regional bloc.

“Looking forward, in promoting Asean centrality, Asean must remain outward-oriented, especially in this milestone year that marks our integration,” Del Rosario said at the group’s foreign ministers’ meeting here.

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Del Rosario was referring to the Asean Community to be established at the end of the year as a “politically cohesive, economically integrated and socially responsible” region comprising the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Timor-Leste gained independence from Indonesia in 2002, after a 25-year occupation that ended in 1999. Nikko Dizon

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