Why ASEAN nations did not admit Timor-Leste’s membership application?
Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 545. Hanna Foreman, East-West Center in Washington Young Professionals Program alumna, explains that “Timor Leste’s bid [to join ASEAN] is still being held up because of a lack of consensus among members’ perceptions of Timorese economic and political fitness.”
What are the justifications employed to delay the admission of East Timor as an ASEAN member state?
Now, all that it asks for is regional solidarity. Opponents have continued to cite the huge development gap as the main justification to delay Timor-Leste’s ASEAN entry, as well as the human resource deficit and financial constraints.
Is Timor-Leste a member of ASEAN?
Since its independence, Timor-Leste holds the status as an observer state despite its participations in ASEAN Annual Meeting of Foreign Ministers (AMM), ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), and even agreed to the Southeast Asia’s Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) in 2007.
What is special about Timor-Leste?
There really is nothing else like Timor-Leste in South-East Asia which is what makes this place so unique. It’s South-East Asia, it has the beaches, it has the scenery, but no one else is here and its residents have not reached ‘jaded’ status.