Thursday, November 15, 2007

Burma Still Tops Asean Summit Agenda

Source: The Nation

Though Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont will be signing at least 13 documents at nine summits, including the Asean forum in Singapore next week, he knows the Burma issue will be on the top of the agenda.

Upon his arrival in Singapore on Monday, Surayud will first be sitting in on the third Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand Growth Triangle meeting to review cooperation projects and see if the schemes are benefiting people in the restive South.

The remaining eight summits will be related to Asean directly and Burma will be the main subject of discussion, notably the developments after the bloody unrest in September, said Vitavas Srivihok, the Foreign Ministry's director of Asean affairs.

Burma is also expected to be discussed in separate meetings scheduled with China, Japan, South Korea, India and European Union, he said.

Though there may be no additional proposals on Burma, the grouping is bound to look for ways to support Gambari's and the UN's efforts in pushing Burma toward democracy and national reconciliation, Vitavas said.

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