Friday, November 23, 2007

EU, Asean Clash on Myanmar Sanctions, but Both Want Reforms

Source: IANS via Yahoo News

The EU clashed Thursday with the Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean) on sanctions against Myanmar, but both organisations jointly called for democratic reforms in the military-ruled country.

Asean and the EU are holding a half-day commemorative summit in Singapore, marking 30 years of relations that have long been tense on disagreements over how to deal with Asean member Myanmar.

While the two groups hailed the economic growth in their partnership, 10-nation Asean's refusal to impose even temporary sanctions on Myanmar after its violent crackdown in September on anti-government protests has whipped up the issue again.

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