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RFK Meets with British Leaders on Malaysian Crisis

Jan. 26, 1964 - Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy won British approval today for the results of his mediation efforts between Indonesia and Malaysia. After a long meeting between Mr. Kennedy and the Prime Minister, Sir Alec Douglas-Home (right), the British Government issued a statement welcoming the ceasefire on the island of Borneo and the conference of Asian leaders arranged by the U.S. Attorney General. The federation of Malaysia was formed Sept. 16 with strong British backing. It comprises Malaya and the former British colonies of Singapore, Sarawak, and Sabah (North Borneo). Indonesia has aroused British concern by vowing to crush the federation.

The Philippines, claiming territory in North Borneo, has refused to recognize Malaysia. Mr. Kennedy’s talks in Asia last week produced the ceasefire in the guerrilla skirmishing on the border between Indonesia and Sabah and Sarawak. The Foreign Ministers of Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines will meet soon in Bangkok, Thailand, to prepare for a conference of the heads of their countries. At the meeting today, Mr. Kennedy emphasized the importance of preventing isolated breaches of the ceasefire from renewing general fighting.

The Attorney General, as President Johnson’s special envoy, will conclude his mission when he talks again with the British Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary Richard Butler at No. 10 Downing Street tomorrow morning. He is scheduled to return to Washington tomorrow afternoon.



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