According to the Australian, Timor-Leste, a tiny nation gaining its sovereignty from Indonesia on May 20, 2002, have gained a number of crucial supports for its membership in the ASEAN. Geographically, it is very much part of South East Asia. So far, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, The Philippines and Brunei have shown their supports for Timor-Leste, more commonly known as East Timor. Although Singapore agrees in principle to Timor-Leste becoming an ASEAN member, it prefers such membership become reality later, citing the notion that Timor-Leste is not ready economically and politically.
It seems we Cambodians can count on Timor-Leste joining the ASEAN family, increasing representatives in the association for [economically] smaller nations such as ourselves, Laos, Timor-Leste, Vietnam and Burma. Timor-Leste’s membership is a positive step forward. So let it comes, and let it comes early.
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