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TALKS BREAK OFF WITH NO ACCORD ON CAMBODIA

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Secretary of State James Baker and Southeast Asian foreign ministers ended their talks without resolving a breach over Washington's about-face on Cambodia and refusal to agree to the forcible repatriation of Vietnamese boat people.

After three days of talks between the six-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations and their major trading partners, Baker said Sunday the "differences with respect to tactics and strategy" aimed at ending the 11-year-old Cambodian conflict remained.ASEAN consists of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore and Brunei. Along with the British colony of Hong Kong, they are the increasingly reluctant hosts of about 115,000 boat people.

The ASEAN officials said the socio-economic and political costs of accommodating the boat people have become intolerable. They were highly critical of Baker's failure to offer an alternative to forced repatriation of those deemed to be economic migrants, not genuine refugees.