Friday, November 16, 2007

ASEAN Charter Doesn't Solve Burma Problem


Southeast Asian nations plan to sign in Singapore next week a charter aiming for lofty goals in areas such as free trade and human rights, even as the 40-year-old group wrestles with how to handle the divisive issue of Burma (Myanmar).

The West has urged the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to put more pressure on Burma’s military junta after its crackdown on pro-democracy protests, but the group’s principle of noninterference in each other’s internal affairs is likely to prevail.

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