Friday, November 16, 2007

ASEAN Leaders Hope for Myanmar Progress

Source: Daily News

Southeast Asian leaders will seek to capitalise on signs of progress in Myanmar at their annual summit next week, hopeful their controversial engagement of the junta is finally paying off.

ASEAN leaders, celebrating the group’s 40th birthday in Singapore, are planning to sign a landmark charter promoting human rights and tackle climate change at the talks, but the world is waiting to see how they handle Myanmar.

“The international community will be watching the summit,” Hiro Katsumata, an analyst at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, told AFP. “Right now, ASEAN does not look good in the eyes of the international community.”

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