Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Myanmar Row Sours Asean Meet

Source: The Peninsula

Southeast Asian leaders forged ahead with their annual summit yesterday, vowing not to have the talks derailed by a serious dispute over how to deal with troublesome member Myanmar.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made a plea for the crisis in Myanmar, which has exposed divisions within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), not to completely dominate the summit.

"Asean leaders will strive to prevent the Myanmar issue from obstructing our efforts to deepen integration and build an Asean community," said Lee, who is hosting the bloc's 40th anniversary summit.

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