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ASEAN to Discuss Burma Membership
- Subject: ASEAN to Discuss Burma Membership
- From: waterly@xxxxxxxxx
- Date: Sat, 12 Apr 1997 05:46:00
Copyright 1997 Associated Press
April 10, 1997; Thursday 03:31 Eastern Time
HEADLINE: ASEAN to discuss Burma membership
DATELINE: KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia
Foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will meet
next month to discuss admitting Burma, Malaysia said Thursday.
ASEAN has indicated it would make Burma, Cambodia and Laos members this
year, but critics want Burma kept out because of its military regime's
mistreatment of pro-democracy activists.
The meeting in May also will make preparations for the annual ASEAN
conference in September and celebrations of the group's 30th anniversary this
year, Malaysian Foreign Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said.
The current ASEAN members Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines,
Brunei, Singapore and Malaysia have refused to
solate Burma, instead pursuing closer business and political ties.
LOAD-DATE: April 10, 1997