Sunday, November 18, 2007

Myanmar Issue Looms as Clark (NZ PM) Heads to Summit

Source: NZ Herald

Myanmar, climate change and trade are likely to dominate discussions at this week's East Asia Summit, New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark says.

Miss Clark said she would be lobbying other summit members - which also include China, India, South Korea, Japan and Australia - to ratchet up diplomatic pressure to ensure Myanmar continued to engage with the United Nations, which had recently extracted some small concessions.

"From the New Zealand point of view we are seeing the real need now for the UN's engagement to be backed by the neighbours. The neighbours are Asean, China and India," she told NZPA.

"We think that's where leadership really needs to be shown."

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