Singapore 'flexible on time and place'

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  • Tuesday, 07 Jan 2003

SINGAPORE: Singapore says it can be flexible on the time and place to sign an agreement with Malaysia referring a spat over a strategic island to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). 

Foreign Minister Shanmugam Jayakumar said his proposal to sign the agreement Jan 27 or Jan 28 at a meeting between European and Southeast Asian foreign ministers in Brussels was merely a suggestion, and Singapore could sign it sooner, the Straits Times reported. 

Malaysia does not agree to Singapore’s proposal that the special agreement to refer the overlapping claims on Pulau Batu Putih to the ICJ be signed in Brussels, Belgium at the end of the month. 

Jayakumar was quoted yesterday as saying that “It’s not going to make the slightest difference as to the outcome of the court proceedings.” – AP  

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