Malaysia to give new dates to Singapore

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  • Monday, 06 Jan 2003

KOTA TINGGI: Malaysia will give new dates to Singapore for the signing of a special agreement to refer the overlapping claims on Pulau Batu Putih to the International Court of Justice after rejecting Singapore's suggestion for the signing in Brussels at the end of the month. 

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said: “We will give several dates and not just one particular date as given by the Singapore Government to settle the dispute. 

“We do not want to argue and blame each other on this matter and we hope to work out the matter amicably for the benefit of both countries and hope that the agreement be signed in the region,” he said after opening the dialysis centre at Kota Tinggi District Hospital yesterday.  

Syed Hamid had said Singapore's suggestion that the accord be signed in Brussels during the Asean European Union meeting on Jan 27 and 28 was not suitable. 

Noting that Malaysia wanted to solve the matter as soon as possible, Syed Hamid said Malaysia would suggest the signing to be either in Singapore or Malaysia or countries in the region. 

He said the dates suggested by Singapore was not even one of the seven or eight proposed by Malaysia since early last year, adding that Malaysia could suggest for Singapore to sign the special agreement at the Non Aligned Movement meeting next month. 

He said he was caught by surprise and only heard the news on the proposal from media reports, adding that he only received a note on the matter from Singapore on Friday.  

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